Two defendants in a workplace injury case are asking that the case be moved to federal court, according to reports. A suit filed in Pennsylvania state court in March by a Philadelphia man who was injured while unloading a truck names two individual defendants, who are residents of Pennsylvania, as well as companies The TJX Companies Inc. and The Marmaxx Group.
The suit’s plaintiff claims that he was injured on the job while delivering a load of merchandise to a store in New York in April 2011. The man alleges that, during transportation, the contents of the tractor trailer he was driving had shifted because the load was not properly secured before transport. When he opened the trailer door to unload the cargo, the contents that included boxes fell on him, causing multiple injuries.
The man claims that he is still receiving disability benefits because he cannot work and that the injuries suffered from the accident included nerve damage, the aggravation of arthritis symptoms and arm, leg, head and neck injury, some of which required surgery. He is seeking compensation for medical expenses and lost wages due to negligence.
Lawyers for the individual defendants hope to move the case to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The reasons they cited for the proposed move include the fact that the incident occurred in different states.
Injuries suffered in the workplace can be devastating. Those who have been injured in the workplace due to someone else’s negligence may be entitled to compensation and should consult an experienced Pennsylvania attorney.
Source: Pennsylvania Record, “Defense lawyers in Wal-Mart workplace injury case petition federal court to handle litigation,” Jon Campisi, April 15, 2013