August 17, 2020 — A $15 million burn injury lawsuit has been filed by a man from Texas who was severely injured in an accident at the Graphic Packaging mill in Queen City, Texas.

The lawsuit claims that proper safety precautions were not followed, including the mill’s own procedures.

The accident occurred in January 2019, when Montgomery “Monte” C. was fixing a hole in the blowdown header in the mill’s powerhouse.

Hot steam had been randomly escaping from the hole for months, so the company decided to install a steel patch — but before having workers fix the hole, the company did not shut down the powerhouse or take any other steps to stop the steam from escaping.

Tragically, Monte was blasted with 200ºF steam for 56 seconds while he was trying to repair the hole.

In a state of semi-consciousness, “Monte walked a distance of approximately two hundred (200) yards to the maintenance shop with burned flesh peeling from his body,” according to the lawsuit.

He was treated for severe burn injuries over 45% of his body, remained hospitalized in a coma for 22 days, and still suffers from permanent injuries and disfigurement.

The lawsuit is seeking $15 million in compensation for his physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost wages and future earnings, and for his wife’s loss of consortium.

The lawsuit was filed in Texarkana federal court, assigned to U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III.

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