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  • $565,000 Settlement for Truck Driver in Premises Liability Accident

    Seaman v. Defendants

    Case Summary:

    Our client was 43-year-old long haul truck driver who was employed hauling paper from defendant’s premises to a newspaper.  On the date of the accident, our client was picking up his load of paper to drive to its destination.  Our client docked an empty trailer next to a narrow wooden loading dock at defendant’s premises in order to hook his truck up to a loaded trailer.  As our client descended the wooden steps of the loading dock to check the trailer’s load, the steps collapsed and he fell four feet to the cement loading dock floor. Our client struck his head, neck and back before hitting the floor, at which time his right arm was pinned underneath him.

    The defendant was negligent in its’ maintenance of the wooden steps in that the steps were neither properly affixed to the loading dock, nor were they properly secured to the cement floor.

    Our client suffered right rotator cuff tendonitis, a detached right deltoid muscle and right elbow tendonitis as a result of the accident.  He also developed cervical radiculopathy following the accident.  He was unable to return to work for three years following the accident and was never able to return to his prior job as a long haul truck driver.


    The premises liability case was settled immediately before trial for $565,000.  The case was handled by Philadelphia personal injury attorney, Arthur Bugay, of Galfand Berger. For more information on this case, please call our law offices at 1-800-222-USWA (8792).