Shane Cahill was working as a window washer when the seven-foot pole he was using came in contact with a 12,000 volt power line; as a result, Cahill lost both of his arms, the article stated.
"It was an accident waiting to happen," attorney Todd Macaluso told a civil court jury Tuesday.
"These wires should never have been there. Never," Macaluso added.
According to the article, Macaluso explained that, by law, SDG&E should have kept its lines at least 25 feet from the building where Cahill was injured in 2008.
Cahill has two prosthetic arms and medical bills that have seen the $9 million range, the article noted.
Cahill is seeking damages for medical bills and lost wages, as well as punitive damages against SDG&E for what his lawyer calls wrongful and negligent actions and inactions, the article added.
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