Wilkes & McHugh filed a lawsuit against a local energy company and its affiliates over the electrocution death of a Tampa man last summer when storms knocked down power lines.
“The family feels like this trail was left totally unprotected,” said Bennie Lazzara Jr., an attorney with the Tampa firm Wilkes and McHugh. “This was a summer storm, not something that’s foreign to an electric company operating in Hillsborough County, and they chose to put those wires above ground in a very dangerous spot.
“You can expect lots of people getting exercise to be out there. They received notices about outages in the area. We don’t think (Tampa Electric’s) response was appropriate under these circumstances.”
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