Mother sues Metro after 12-year-old shocked by power line

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 11:45pm

The mother of a young north Nashville boy has filed suit against Metro after her son was shocked by a power line she claims had been down for days and reported multiple times.

Renicka Walton’s attorney, Eric Hayes, said Walton claimed that she and other neighbors on Garfield Street in north Nashville reported the problem with the line, which had been down for about a week following a storm.

But on Aug. 22, the downed line shocked Walton’s 12-year-old son as he chased the family’s puppy, keeping it out of the street.

The suit filed in Davidson County Circuit Court on Monday lists as plaintiffs Walton and her son. It claims Nashville Electric Service and possibly other Metro agencies knew about the downed line but neglected to do anything about it.

Walton and her son are seeking unspecified damages for medical expenses as well as for his pain and suffering, impairment or disability, and lost earning capacity in future employment.

Hayes said the boy continues to receive treatment on his right leg for possible nerve damage where the power line touched him. He’s also undergoing physical therapy and psychological treatment for nightmares and flashbacks.

The Metro Department of Law said it had not yet received the suit and therefore could not comment on it.

11 Comments on this post:

By: dustywood on 8/19/10 at 6:15

I wonder if any adult took on themselves the responsibility to guard the LIVE power line themselves. Years ago we had a live line go down next door to us. It snapped and popped along the ground, burning a trench. When the wire finally burned enough to be free of the ground, you could not tell that it was LIVE. So between making very strongly worded calles to NES and to Metro Police, I sat up in my car near it . This was all that kept several of the young boys from testing it out. Finally the police came and sat there protecting the line. Then NES came and watched. Late that evening it was finally repaired. But it took responsibility of a concerned adult to spend some of their time to keep the neighborhood safe.
It should not take a week for NES to shut down the power to that line.

By: budlight on 8/19/10 at 7:53

dustywood, that was "years" ago when adults were responsible "just because it was the right thing to do". Not today when there are so many little lawsuits one can file for just the reason this woman is filing.

If the dog were on aa leash (following the law) then the kid wouldn't have to chase it into the street. I feel sorry her son had to get shocked. Maybe she should be glad it was not fatal.

By: Rocket99 on 8/19/10 at 8:19

If it truly has been down as long as she said, NES is very neglegent. Now our electric rates will go up because they failed to respond and we have to pay the damages.

budlight, as far as the leash law, I think you need to read it. It does not state that the dog has to be on a leash. Merely under the control of the responsible person.

By: budlight on 8/19/10 at 9:00

Well, rocky regardless of the law, common sense needs to kick in. Most dogs on leashes don't get in trouble and I've never had to 'chase' my dog down when he/she was properly on the leash and the least attached to my hand.

Did the people really call in the downed power line?

By: yucchhii on 8/19/10 at 10:44

I'd love to see a politician actually give an answer to a question! My qyuestion would be to ANY politician of ANY level in the USA...WHY IS IT THAT "YOU" DON'T CARE? MOST of us who are US citizens are NOT as stupid as "YOU" make us out to be!! Everything "YOU" do, is a move towards the DESTRUCTION of the USA AND IT'S PEOPLE! Your wiping out the AMERICAN MIDDLE class and it will soon be GONE! When that happens, the totem pole of which "YOU" have perched yourself on top of will be comming down lower to the ground. The MIDDLE class is what keeps the USA productive and moving! So, here is another question for "YOU" to answer! Where will you get all you need to LIVE? Where will "YOU" get all your supplies? How will you keep your home warm in the winter and how will you keep your home cool in the summer? Where will you get your FOOD and DRINK from? Life will become more and MORE misserable for you! Will you be able to EAT AND DRINK YOUR MONEY? Please answer these questions! Thank you. My name is PETER!!!

By: yucchhii on 8/19/10 at 10:52

TO BUDLIGHT... You seem to have a NOSE UP IN THE AIR TYPE ATTITUDE!!! Reason being is because it seems that ONLY YOU have NEVER had to chase your dog ANYWHERE! I GUESS YOU MUST BE PERFECT!! Have you EVER had to do ANYTHING in your life? So, because this person had to chase his dog, YOU think he is STUPID? Ya know what STUPIDITY is? I'll tell you WHAT stupidity is...STUPIDITY is a person who AUTOMATICALLY thinks other people are stupid and you don't know DIDDLEY about that person! Bruce Lee once said "NEVER 'UNDERESTIMATE' YOUR OPPONENT!" To do so would mean YOU ARE STUPID!!!

By: DREIFMA on 8/19/10 at 11:01

This is amazing. The phrase"the power line touched him" it did no such thing. The boy went over and touched it. The power line is inanimate and cannot touch people, its the other way around. The parents should have been all over the children about that downed power line. That said, NES should have been all over a downed power line.

By: yucchhii on 8/19/10 at 11:08

To DREIFMA: You are right! The reporter I'm sure just misworded. Even MORE important your wording saying that NES "SHOULD HAVE" been all over a downed power line, is right! However, Nowadays, a LOT of people don't give a dam about ANYTHING and in a LOT of cases, NOT EVEN THEMSELVES! Then they have the gall to bitch about the world being the way it IS!! To them I say...DUH! NOW THERE IS STUPIDITY!!!

By: typicalsutherner on 8/19/10 at 2:01

So why should Metro have to pay this woman anything because she is too lazy to keep her dog on a leash? I walk my dog on a leash at ALL times, and I get so tired of everybody else letting their dogs run loose. It drives my dog nuts when they come running around him, and not to mention there is a leash law. If she would obey the law than this would not even be an issue.

The lawsuit should be dropped and the mother fined for letting her dog run around with no control. This just needs to be a tough lesson for the family, maybe they will pay attention to what they are doing in the future.

By: nashtnman on 8/19/10 at 2:28

In my opinion, IF NES was aware, they share the burden however that burden should be no more than medical care. Fault lies with the parents not controlling their child, not dogs, or leashes or laws. Parents are responsible for their children until age 18. The mother knew the line was down yet she still allowed her child to play near the line and allowed the family pet to roam near the line also. The mother is at fault and should be investigated for child neglect and also for possible animal cruelty. Why should anyone pay for the mother’s lack of responsibility for her child and pet? Get a grip people. You are responsible for your actions or in this case lack of actions. This is the major problem in this country right now, "It's never my fault!".

By: budlight on 8/19/10 at 2:54

yucchhii on 8/19/10 at 11:52
TO BUDLIGHT... You seem to have a NOSE UP IN THE AIR TYPE ATTITUDE!!! Reason being is because it seems that ONLY YOU have NEVER had to chase your dog ANYWHERE! I GUESS YOU MUST BE PERFECT!! Have you EVER had to do ANYTHING in your life? So, because this person had to chase his dog, YOU think he is STUPID? Ya know what STUPIDITY is? I'll tell you WHAT stupidity is...STUPIDITY is a person who AUTOMATICALLY thinks other people are stupid and you don't know DIDDLEY about that person! Bruce Lee once said "NEVER 'UNDERESTIMATE' YOUR OPPONENT!" To do so would mean YOU ARE STUPID!!!

Peter, you need to calm down. I never used the word "stupid". I said "common sense has to kick in". I mean, how could you disagree with that line of thinking, if you are, in fact, as smart as you wish me to think? Being smart with book sense and having a PHd does not guarantee common sense in everyone.

Have you ever heard of a person with a life jacket on, drowning? Usually a dog on a leash does not get run over by a car. So all of that is common sense and a little respect.