Lester Berry, 70, had congestive heart failure and chronic pulmonary disease that required constant oxygen supply.
The lawsuit alleges that Berry was not able to get oxygen because Sam Houston Electric Cooperative cut off his electricity connection. It further claims that although he owed $129.62 for a previous month’s bill, the power company knew about his recurring illness and in the past had given him up to four months to pay bills.
The lawsuit accuses the power company of gross negligence and wrongful death, and is seeking over $1 million in damages.
Eric Morelli, who threw the firecracker, was awarded 7-year prison sentence last month for causing the death of Milano. He said he was hoping to awaken Milano’s brother.
The lawsuit names the apartment owner, the town of Southington and local fire departments as the defendants and claims that the owner showed negligence by not installing window screen despite their continual requests.
The lawsuit was filed at New Britain Superior Court, Connecticut.