$18 Million Settlement Awarded to Family of Man Killed in Explosion


A Tyler County man lost his life after an explosion on a pipeline, back in April of 2013, and his family is now ringing in one of the largest Wrongful Death Settlements in the history of the law firm.

The Circuit Court of Ohio County approved the Settlement of $18 Million to be awarded to the family of Bruce Phipps, Thursday. Phipps was just 56-years-old when he was working to extract natural oil and gas from a pipeline under the direction of his superiors, when the pipeline exploded sending him to the West Penn Burn Center where he then died a day and a half later, from burns to 90% of his body, “All of the witnesses for the defendants had to admit that they new a hazardous and an extraordinarily flammable environment existed, yet they continued on, because their objective was to open that line at all costs; and it cost it cost two men their lives, not just Mr. Phipps, but one other,” said Lead Counsel, Scott Blass, Partner with Bordas and Bordas Attorneys PLLC.

RELATED LINK: Court Approves $18-Million Wrongful Death Settlement

Blass would like to see this case set a precedent for other operators in the industry, to stand up and make sure they’re working their employees under safe conditions.

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