The largest verdict ever recorded in Elk County was handed down Monday when a jury there awarded more than $2 million to a Chester County electrical engineer who suffered third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body in an electrical explosion.

After a month-long trial, the jury found six of the seven defendants negligent and awarded $2.75 million to plaintiff M.B. Somashekar and $150,000 to his wife, Shylaja. But because the jury found that Somashekar himself was 30 percent responsible for the accident, the awards will be reduced to about $2.03 million.

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