Injured Truck Driver Settles Product Liability ClaimMay, 2011
The firm’s client was a truck driver required to climb up metal steps to secure a tarp over the trailer. While climbing down the ladder he stepped onto a corroded step. The step failed and he fell about 15 feet. Our client sustained career-ending back injuries and has been awarded full disability benefits by the Social Security Administration. The step corroded because the trailer was assembled by putting two dissimilar metals in direct contact with each other. This causes a condition called galvanic corrosion. Assembling a trailer this way is negligence. The case was handled by Eric G. Zajac. Settlement was reached a few days before the start of trial. The substantial award is for a confidential amount. The case was referred to Mr. Zajac by the client’s workers’ compensation attorney.