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Martin v. United States

United States District Court for the District of Arizona
471 F. Supp. 6 (1979)


Facts

Melvin (plaintiff) was riding on a motorcycle when a sagging power line struck him. The United States government (defendant) maintained the power line. Melvin suffered severe burns and underwent constant pain as a result of the accident. Melvin brought a claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act, claiming that the government negligently maintained the power line. Melvin sought damages for loss of earning capacity and pain and suffering. In a bench trial, the district court judge ruled for the plaintiff and discussed the issue of damages.

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