The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 2, 1997 · Page 15
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 15

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THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 15A Explosion victim gives up $30 million for safety Hospital mix-up compounds families' grief who stood vigil at the hospital for four days before learning that the critically injured girl she thought was her daughter actually was her daughter's best friend. "I go from having a live daughter, to having my daughter dead for four days. I've been to hell and back," Kathy Getty told the Nashville Banner. Tiffany Moshier is petite and dark, while Tiffany Getty was blond and several inches taller. Mrs. Getty had been in the intensive care unit of Vanderbilt Medical Center since Wednesday, but she couldn't tell Miss Moshier was not her daughter because of the girl's injuries. The girl could not speak and was using a breathing tube. On Sunday, when the tube was removed, she identified herself. A Nashville hospital misidentifies the teenage girl who survived an auto crash. The Associated Press NASHVILLE Shell Irwin flew to Tennessee for the funeral of her niece only to end up at the girl's hospital bedside. Her niece, Tiffany Moshier, survived last week's car accident Tiffany Getty did not The hospital misidentified the two 14-year-olds leading to sudden relief for one family, and just as sudden grief for the other. "It makes you believe in miracles," Irwin said Monday. There was no miracle for Kathy Getty, "I don't even know where my daughter has been all this time But why did it take them four days to figure this out?" Mrs. Getty said. The two girls from Franklin were pas-' sengers in a pickup that crossed the center line and crashed head-on into another pickup Wednesday afternoon. ; A third passenger, James Felts, also died. The driver, William Nesmith, 20, was in fair condition. The driver of the other pickup and his passlnger received minor injuries. The mix-up occurred when one of Ne-smith's relatives, who said he was a friend of both girls, misidentified them in the emergency room. million each before the verdict was rendered against Esenjay. An engineer has begun designing a program that includes new safety procedures for independent contractors employed by Esenjay, said Caballero's lawyer, David Perry. Esenjay 's lawyer, Jeff Polli-coff, said he did not know how much the safety program would cost but said Caballero's offer was "a good deal" for the company, which has just 12 employees. "It's a good idea to do it. I don't think anyone would argue with that," Pollicoff said. "Human lives are something you can't put a dollar number on. John Caballero, injured in an oil-well blast, said he wants to prevent future accidents. Tlte Associated Press - CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas A man seriously injured two years ago in an oil well blowup gave up most of his $42.3 million jury award Monday after the well operator agreed to come up with a safety plan to prevent future accidents. 1 John Caballero, 42, was hurt in an October 1995 blast when he was testing a well owned by Es-enjay Petroleum Corp. He is giving up $30 million in punitive damages the jury awarded him in July. . "The only reason I'm doing this is so no one else will have to go through the pain, suffering and disfigurement that I went through. One cannot put a monetary value on personal human suffering," said Caballero of Victoria. Caballero still will get actual damages. The jury awarded him $12.3 million, but his attorneys negotiated a lower amount to offset the possibility of appeal by Esenjay and ensure that Caballero was fairly compensated. The new amount is confidential. Caballero was injured when a pressure-regulating device failed, causing a blowout that threw him 30 feet. He suffered scarring to his scalp, brain damage, vision and hearing loss, broken vertebrae in his neck and back, a crushed foot and ankle and a dislocated hip. Before his injury, Caballero was a triathlete and had planned to enter an international "Ironman" competition. Now, he can no longer work and severe leg injuries prevent him from running. The jury found Esenjay, based in Corpus Christi, liable for the accident. But Caballero immediately offered to relinquish the punitive damages if Esenjay agreed to implement a safety plan. After months of negotiations, the deal was announced Monday. Caballero worked for a well-testing company subcontracted to Esenjay. Two contractors, Dirks Engineering and Fish Oil Well Service, were defendants in Caballe-ro's lawsuit but settled for $2 ft WDQ B Q S In brief Four out of five Sprint PCS users prefer our clarity to cellular. 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