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Following the death of Pablo Padilla Ayala, a Mexican farm-worker who was electrocuted by a power-line of Southern California Edison, a jury has awarded more than $4 million as wrongful death compensation to his family.
Ayala, 31, was killed on July 9, 2010, when his aluminium ladder came in contact with the power-line in Valle Vista, Los Angeles, California.
The wrongful death lawsuit alleged that the line was hazardously close to the farm trees, and Edison did not maintain it properly.
According to the child’s father Robert Dominguez, he had made repeated calls to Los Angeles County social workers about the abuse by his ex-wife’s boyfriend Daniel Vega. However, the department closed their investigation after which, Vega beat his son to death and was later sentenced to 56 years in prison.
Dominguez claimed in his wrongful death lawsuit that his son would have been alive if the Department of Children and Family Services had responsibly investigated the case.
Recently, the County Board of Supervisors approved the $450,000 payout to settle the lawsuit.
According to Nicholas’ parents, Trela was driving his 1976 Honda motorcycle westbound on Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, at around 5 p.m. on November 19, 2014. The Audi passenger vehicle, driven by Mikita, took a reckless and illegal left turn and crashed into the motorcycle at the intersection of Los Feliz Boulevard and Catalina Street. Nicholas sustained critical injuries in the accident and later died.
The Plaintiffs, including Nicholas’ parents and the Estate Of Nicholas Trela, are being represented by the law firms of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and Farar & Lewis LLP in the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.