The mother of a six-year-old boy who was injured by a falling Dominion Power pole in Portsmouth, says he’s “making it, by the help of God,” according to media reports.
But this is an accident that should never have happened. Channel 13 reported on how the child was injured on Saturday when a power pole crashed to the ground outside the boy’s grandmother’s home on Des Moines Avenue near Robertson Avenue.
“He’s making it, by the help of God,” Monique Porter, said, referring to her son’s injuries. She said he sustained four broken ribs and a punctured lung in the accident.
I was saddened to read about this child’s injuries. A power company such as Dominion has a responsibility to ensure its poles are safe and clearly something went wrong here and someone is responsible for what happened to this child.
The child’s grandmother Carolyn Britt told 13 News how his younger sister was pushing him in a toy car shortly after 3 p.m. when the pole fell. “It could have been anybody, any kids, anybody. Anybody walking by, it could have fell on anybody,” Britt told the TV station.
Dominion Virginia Power said its crews responded to the scene on Saturday and replaced the pole. The boy’s family said it had been leaning.
Dominion Virginia Power apologized in a statement issued late Monday. “We are very sorry this happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the child and his family. We hope for a full and speedy recovery. We’ve have been in contact with the family and offered our assistance,” the statement said.
The power company said it has a “robust inspection program.” There are 1.1 million poles on the company’s system. “We inspect about 40,000 poles a year. This particular pole was slated to be inspected between now and the next 5 years.”
The company said it now appears that there was some decay present in the pole. Dominion will be inspecting about 300 poles in the Portsmouth area over the next two months.
Irrespective of what inspection regime Dominion used, a power company has a duty to maintain its poles and power lines. The family of this young boy who was injured unnecessarily likely has grounds to file a lawsuit against Dominion for the injuries this child suffered. Our personal injury attorneys have helped the families of many injured children. If you have been injured due to the negligence of a utility company, you should contact a Portsmouth personal injury lawyer at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation.