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.