Florida Woman Loses Leg in Truck Accident
Florida resident Gwen Hightower, an employee for All Service Refuse lost her leg in a truck crash on Friday. Doctors and paramedics had to amputate her leg after she was freed from under the toppled recycling truck that she had been riding in. Pembroke Pines Police have charged the driver of the garbage truck, Ft. Lauderdale resident Alexander Wright, with driving without a valid license and reckless endangerment. The truck accident that caused Hightower to lose her leg took place when the vehicle overturned while Wright was turning left onto Northwest 140th Avenue from Taft Street. Hightower was partially ejected from the truck, which landed on her right leg. Doctors and paramedics tried to save her leg while a big towing truck lifted the garbage truck off her leg. Hightower underwent surgery for several hours at Memorial Regional in Hollywood, Florida. The truck is equipped with two steering wheels and sets of pedals. Wright, a temporary worker at All-Service, wasn’t allowed to drive the truck. He is employed by another company. His job description while working with All-Service entailed picking up garbage. By allegedly causing the accident, he also violated his probation sentence that he is serving for aggravated fleeing and eluding an officer and grand theft. If you have been injured on the job in Florida, the state’s workers’ compensation law prevents you from suing your employer for personal injury compensation. Workers’ compensation guarantees employees certain financial benefits if they are injured at work. However, third parties can be held liable for a person’s personal injuries even if he or she while on the job. The best way to determine whether you can file a personal injury claim is to speak with an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer who can inform you of your legal options. Spinal cord injuries, amputated limbs, traumatic brain injuries, and permanent disfigurements are just some of the many catastrophic injuries that a victim can sustain in a truck accident or any other type of serious motor vehicle crash. Chances are that medical costs and recovery expenses will be very high. Your workers’ compensation benefits may not be able to cover all your financial and medical needs. If another person, company, or another entity that is not your employer caused your personal injury accident by acting negligently, you may be able to obtain additional compensation for your catastrophic injuries. Related Web Resources: Florida Division of Workers' Compensationhttps://www.protectingyou.com/ Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A.. in Florida today to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced Florida personal injury lawyers.