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Delivery turns into injuries for truck driver

Truck drivers in Florida may want to take note of a recent case involving the injuries a driver sustained when opening his haul for delivery. According to reports, a driver for Black Horse Carriers Inc. picked up a trailer and delivered it to a retail location for the same company that was located in a different state. Upon opening the trailer, the man was struck with several boxes as they fell from the trailer. He sustained a workplace head injury and a workplace back injury as well as many others.

The driver was only responsible for hooking up the trailer and hauling it to the retail location. He was not responsible for loading goods into it and because of this, he filed a lawsuit claiming that the companies he was hauling the load for were responsible for his injuries. During travel, the suit alleges that the goods within the trailer had moved to the back, blocking the rear gate from opening. The driver believes that a downward-sloped delivery bay, as well as a lack of proper securing procedures, led to the boxes falling on him.

After receiving help from others, the driver managed to open the door when boxes began to fall and struck him in the head, back, neck, arms, legs and shoulders. Some of his injuries would eventually require surgery to be properly repaired. In addition to these issues, the suit claims that he received injuries to his nerves. He says that he suffered from aggravation of degenerative arthritis and exacerbation of cervical disc disease.

According to him, his workers' compensation insurance has racked up more than $100,000 in costs associated with the injuries. This figure is expected to grow and, in part, explains why the man decided to file a lawsuit against the companies he believes are responsible for the injuries: The Marmaxx Group and The TJX Companies Inc. If you have been injured due to the fault of another entity, ask an attorney for advice on the matter.

Source: Pennsylvania Record, "Defense lawyers in Wal-Mart workplace injury case petition federal court to handle litigation," Jon Campisi, April 15, 2013

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