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ARTICLE ID 43816

$________ - FAULTY LIFTGATE ON TRUCK - DRIVER UNLOADING WORKSTATION WEIGHING ________ POUND IS CRUSHED WHEN LIFTGATE FALTERS AND UNIT TIPS OVER CRUSHING THE PLAINTIFF - PARAPLEGIA.

U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

In this negligence action, the plaintiff argued that the liftgate on the defendant’s truck was faulty, causing an ________-pound workstation to tip over as he was unloading it. The plaintiff was crushed and rendered a paraplegic. The defendant moving companies argued that the incident was solely caused by the plaintiff’s negligence.

The evidence revealed that the 34-year-old male plaintiff was an independent truck driver when he was hired by the defendants Arpin Logistics and Paul Arpin Van Lines of Rhode Island. The companies had contracted with the plaintiff to deliver an ________- pound Learnline ________ workstation to Naugatuck Valley Community College in Connecticut. The plaintiff delivered the unit to the college and maintained that as he was unloading it by using the truck’s liftgate, the liftgate suddenly faltered, causing the unit to tip over and fall on top of the plaintiff, crushing his spine. The plaintiff was rendered paraplegic as a result of the incident.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant arguing that the liftgate on the truck was either defective and/or faulty and caused the unit to shift and ultimately topple over, crushing the plaintiff. The defendants countered that the liftgate was not, in fact, faulty. The defendants maintained that the incident was caused by the plaintiff’s negligence in improperly using the liftgate.

After a nine-day trial, the jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendants. The jury awarded the sum of $________, including $________ for past economic damages, $________ for future economic damages, $4 million for past non- economic damages and $16 million for future non-economic damages. The defendants intended to appeal the verdict.

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