An Orangeburg County jury deliberated for about an hour, then ruled that a bystander who was injured while assisting construction activity at a private lake should be paid $1.1 million to compensate for his injuries, according to court records.
The injured man, Bobby Gene McClellan, 65, of Orangeburg, was at a work site where improvements were being made to a dock fence in the private lake when heavy equipment being used in the work collapsed. McClellan suffered a crushed chest and severe injuries to his spine and ribs that caused him permanent disabilities, according to a lawsuit in the case.
The jury ruled that Joseph Rich, owner of the property where the repairs were being made, must pay the $1.1 million in actual damages. Rich is owner of Sunshine Recycling, a well-known business in Orangeburg.
Robert Goings, the attorney who represented McClellan with attorney Marion Moses, said, “Bobby was very appreciative of the jury’s award.”
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The jury also found that McClellan was 10 percent responsible for the accident, so he will only actually get about $1 million.