$697,500 in damages were obtained for a severe leg injury suffered by a truck driver while at work. The client was delivering aluminum pipe weighing more than 3,000 pounds to a fencing company. Due to the size and weight of the load, boards were placed on the bed of the trailer beneath the load so that a forklift could be used for loading and unloading. The pipe was loaded by the distributor using a forklift and was supposed to be unloaded by the customer using a forklift. On the day of the accident, the customer’s forklift was not working due to cold weather, and the customer requested the truck driver to unload by hand. In an effort to comply with the customer’s request, the driver proceeded to push the pipe off of the truck, when one of the boards beneath struck him in the leg, causing a severe fracture that required surgery. The leg then developed life threatening complications known as compartment syndrome, requiring an additional emergency surgery. The injury left the driver with significant, permanent limitations that prevent him from returning to work. Our attorneys reached a settlement in the amount of $412,500 with the company that loaded the pipe, and proceeded to trial against the company that was supposed to unload the pipe. The trial lasted five (5) days and included the testimony of seven (7) experts. A verdict of $500,000 was reduced to $285,000, to reflect the jury’s finding that the driver was also negligent.