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Injured utility lineman wins $22 million verdict

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A multi-million dollar settlement for a Vermont utility lineman injured on the job.

Michael Hemond lost both legs below the knee -- following a 2006 accident at an electrical substation in Richford -- where he worked.

Hemond sued -- Frontier Communications -- claiming it was negligent in the design of the substation and voltage settings.

Friday a jury agreed awarding the Vermont Electric Co-op employee 22.5 million dollars.

He and his wife Tracey told Channel 3 they're pleased with the verdict and he'll keep working.

"That is what I was raised to do and I want to teach my family right, so I am going to carry on and keep working at Vermont Electric Co-Op," said Michael Hemond.

"Life is never going to be the same but we've accepted what's happened and life goes on," said Tracey Hemond.

"We felt justice was served and again thanks to the jury and my attorneys and all their staff," said Michael.

The couple and their four children continue to help others since Michael's accident.

Last Christmas they spent close to 3,000 dollars to prepare meals for linemen who had to work on the holiday.

WCAX reached out to Frontier for comment on the verdict and any plans to appeal but we have not heard back.

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