Judge awards family $4 million in Harrison County wrongful death suit

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The family of a fallen Nutter Fort firefighter was awarded a $4 million settlement by the Harrison County Court System on Wednesday.

Michael Garrett was killed in the line of duty while responding to a cell phone tower collapse in February 2014.

A hearing was held in to finalize a settlement that was reached between the Garrett family and the tower sub-contractor, S&S Communication Specialists, according to the Miley Legal Group.

In addition to the settlement, safety standards in the cell phone tower construction industry have been overhauled.  These include changes to the vetting process for sub-contractors and rigging safety plans, the Miley Legal Group said.

“We see this type of willful ignorance all the time in industries across our region. It should never reach a point where safety standards are imposed only after the death of a member of our community,” said Doug Miley, an attorney representing the family.

A portion of the settlement will be used by the family to fund a scholarship that was created in Michael Garrett’s name.

Tim Miley stated. “Any settlement or end to the case will not bring Mikey back, but the impact his death has had on an entire industry and our community will make sure he will never be forgotten.”

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