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Paralyzed Former Trucker Files $10 Million Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Publix

Pablo Gonzales, An ex-truck driver who became paralyzed in a loading dock accident, is suing supermarket chain Publix for $10 million. The Florida resident is alleging negligence in the way the company works with independent truckers. The injury accident occurred on September 20, 2007, when Gonzales was delivering a load of eggs to a store in Palm Beach Gardens. Gonzales was using the lift to unload his cargo, when the remote fell from his grasp. According to his personal injury lawyer, Gonzales called out for help and had to wait for several minutes. He reportedly tried to sit down to get off the platform—in a previous accident, he injured his knee when he tried jumping off the platform—and landed on his head after losing his balance. The lawsuit accuses Publix of only giving providing the proper safety equipment to its own truckers. The loading dock Gonzales was using did not have railings. Gonzales is now paralyzed from the chest down and can no longer work as a trucker. He has continued to require medical care. In Florida, you can file a personal injury lawsuit if you sustained serious injuries because another party was negligent, careless, or reckless. Paralysis A person with paralysis has experienced a loss of muscle function in a certain area of the body. A person diagnosed with paralysis in the lower half of their body is called a paraplegic. Quadriplegia is when a person’s legs and arms are paralyzed. Common causes of paralysis include spinal cord injuries, stroke, a broken neck, nerve diseases, and autoimmune diseases. Personal injury accidents can result in paralysis if a person is seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash, a boating accident, a motorcycle accident, a pedestrian accident, while using defective machinery, in a medical malpractice accident, a truck accident, or another kind of serious accident that occurred because someone may have been negligent. Paralyzed Truck Driver Suing Publix, The Ledger.com, July 30, 2008 Related Web Resources: Injury and Accident Law Overview, Justia Publix

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