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Portland man awarded more than $500K in workplace injury lawsuit

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland man has won a lawsuit worth more than $500,000 after he was injured at work in 2013.

Harley Firestone was hurt while working for a company called NuCO2. His job involved filling tanker trucks with CO2.

According to court documents, on April 5, 2013, Firestone connected all of the equipment to his truck and when he turned on the CO2 valve, the steel hose and metal adapter attacked to the tank shot up and hit him in the face, shattering his jaw.

Firestone sued the company Praxair, Inc. for not properly securing the steel hose and metal adapter.

After the injury, Firestone needed major facial reconstructive surgery, and was left with a visible scar and permanent nerve damage.

"Its changed my life pretty drastically. I have massive steel plates in my jaw, two plates and eleven pins. So doing outdoor activities, snowboarding, that's been impacted because when the steel gets cold, it's like ice cream headache," said Firestone.

On Thursday, a Portland Federal jury awarded Firestone more than $76,000 for medical bills and lost wages, and $500,000 for his pain and suffering.

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