Washington v. Louisiana Power and Light Co.

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Washington v. Louisiana Power and Light Co. 555 So. 2d 1350 (1990) Fact: Operative Facts: There was an antenna located nearby a electric wire that was not insulated or grounded. Because of this, one day, the man came into contact with the antenna and the electricity killed him, after it touched the wire. It has previously touched the wire before and it caused that man and his son server burns. The company didn’t ground it, even though they knew the situation. Issue: Whether the power company was negligent in not preventing this to happen Rule: Negligence is based on a reasonable person standard. Rational: This situation where there is a antenna and a power line happens all the time, and a
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Unformatted text preview: reasonable man wouldn’t be able to take care of all these instances, and know about the perceived risks. However, this involves a power line company, one that specializes in electricity, and they should be able to perceive the risk much better than a reasonable man. Therefore, their bar on reasonableness is higher when it comes to electricity. Holding: The Power company committed negligence when they knew about the ungrounded wire, and the antenna nearby it, which caused a great safety concern, that they should have known about. Synthesis: Dissent/Concurrences:...
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This note was uploaded on 12/20/2011 for the course TORTS 131 taught by Professor Keller during the Fall '11 term at Western State Colorado University .

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