Monroy v. Southern California Edison
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP represents Hermelindo Monroy in his case against Southern California Edison arising from his electrocution while working on a roof.
On August 18, 2010, 43-year old Hermalindo Mornoy was on the roof of a residence
doing fumigation work when he unexpectedly contacted the back of his head to a Southern California Edison ("SCE") illegally-placed high voltage power line. Mr. Monroy suffered horrific permanent injuries, including a brain stem infarct causing quadriplegia as well as extensive bums, for which he will require 24 hour care for the rest of his life.
SCE has admitted that the clearance between the power line and the home’s chimney was less than half of what it is required to be by the law. Over an 18-year period, there were approximately 20 separate inspections of the power line that SCE was mandated to perform, and SCE never identified or remedied the clearance violation.
The case is scheduled to go to trial in March 2012.