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Trustee Awarded $335,407 for Job-Related Accident

Larry D. Hollie, a Louisiana prisoner, was working to repair potholes when the hot mix asphalt truck he was working on suddenly shifted. Hollie fell, hitting his lower back and hip area on the ground. He “suffered a lumbrosacral strain with a herniated disc…requiring surgery for disc excision and a lateral spine fusion.”

Hollie sued in state court alleging prison officials negligently supervised prisoner-workers and failed to provide a reasonably safe work environment. Defendants denied liability but a jury found for Hollie, awarding him $87,907 for past wages, $15,000 for future wage loss, and $232,500 for other damages, totaling $335,407. See: Hollie v. Beauregard Parish Police Jury, 680 So. 2d 1218 (La. Ct. App. 1996).

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Hollie v. Beauregard Parish Police Jury