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Drowned Worker’s Family Denied $17 Million Jury Award in Appeal

May 4, 2018, 4:06 PM

The family of a Texas bridge worker who drowned after falling into the Brazos River in Waco will receive nothing after a state appeals court reversed a $17 million judgment against one of the nation’s largest bridge builders.

A three-judge panel of the Texas Court of Appeals for the First District in Houston ruled that state workers’ compensation was adequate recompense to the aggrieved family, who claimed Dallas-based Austin Bridge & Road didn’t provide proper safety measures to protect steel worker Jose Dario Suarez.

Suarez drowned in January 2014 after a lift he was on tipped over and ...

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