Verdict: Truck driver recovers $7.87M award from 2006 construction accident
05/12/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley
Minneapolis, MN—A Hennepin County jury awarded a former truck driver $7.87 million in damages after he was injured in a Maple Plain construction accident. The truck driver shattered both of heels trying to avoid an out-of-control beam on January 20, 2006, as reported by the Star-Tribune.
Gary Will of Wyoming, Minn., was reportedly delivering materials to a construction site at a Budweiser distribution center when a Molin Concrete Products Co. crane operator lost control of a concrete beam. As Will was standing on a semi-truck, he noticed the beam was swinging towards him, which caused him to jump from the trailer of the semi onto the frozen ground. The impact of the jump shattered both of his heels.
As a result of the incident, Will filed a lawsuit against Molin, citing the company was negligent regarding their crane operations. The suit also asserted that the company failed to follow industry standards as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The multi-million dollar award will cover past and future health care costs, lost wages and future earning capacity; in addition to compensation for pain and suffering.
The verdict can be appealed by the defendants.
Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Minnesota construction accident attorneys.