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U.S. Contractor Held Liable for Scalding at Iraq Compound; Fluor Ordered to Pay $19 Million in Damages

Photo - POGO WebsiteNEIL GORDON – (POGO) – July 13, 2012 – Top 100 federal contractor Fluor Corporation got a dose of Texas justice this week. On Wednesday, a Dallas jury returned a nearly $19 million verdict against the engineering and construction giant in a negligence lawsuit.

Plaintiff David Dawson, who worked as a contractor in Iraq, filed a lawsuit against Fluor Intercontinental, Inc. seeking to hold the company responsible for third-degree burns he suffered over 65 percent of his body while showering at Freedom Compound in Baghdad in November 2007. Fluor provided Operations and Maintenance and Life Support services at the compound under a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dawson alleged the company was negligent in failing to properly maintain a safe temperature in the water heating system. The jury agreed and awarded Dawson $18.78 million in damages.

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Fluor found negligent; $18.78M awarded to victim burned by hot water in Iraq

July 11, 2012, 5:30 p.m. EDT

Klein Frank, P.C. Announces $18.78 Million Awarded to Burn Victim of Contractor’s Negligence In Baghdad, Iraq

DENVER, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Klein Frank, P.C. of Boulder, Colorado and the Law Firm of Ted B. Lyon in Dallas, Texas announce that a jury has rendered a verdict in the amount of $18.78 Million in the case of Dawson v. Fluor Intercontinental, Inc.

Plaintiff David Dawson was a civilian contractor working on the reconstruction of Iraq. Defendant Fluor Intercontinental, Inc. entered into a $59 Million a year costs plus contract with the Army Corps of Engineers to provide O&M and Life Support services in multiple compounds in Iraq. This contract specifically required Fluor to provide safe water to individuals living in these compounds. Fluor Intercontinental, Inc was paid $10 Million per year plus costs to maintain Freedom Compound, a 600 bed facility in Baghdad. Dawson was burned by excessively hot water at Freedom Compound on November 16, 2007. Read the remainder of this entry »