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Young man's health, future derailed by workplace accident

Getting injured on the job is not something that victims should take lightly. Depending on the nature of an accident, a person could be permanently and seriously hurt because of negligence on a Texas job site. Because of this, it can be crucial for victims to hold a negligent party accountable not only for the accident, but also for the future damages that can be suffered as a result of a work-related injury.

One young man filed a lawsuit after her was severely injured and disabled due to a workplace accident in 2007. A jury recently awarded the man more than $10 million for the injuries he suffered.

Reports indicate that the man was pinned by the forklift after he went to have some documents shredded at a shredding facility. When he walked in, a forklift spun out from around a corner and crashed into the man, trapping him between a heavy box on the forklift and a shredding machine. After the accident, it was discovered that the person on the forklift was not properly trained and should not have been permitted to operate the vehicle.

The man needed surgery to repair the damage done to his back and have artificial discs inserted, which means that he has a very long and difficult physical recovery process ahead of him, including future surgeries. In order to compensate the man for his past and future medical expenses, a jury awarded him $2 million. They also awarded him more than $3 million for pain and suffering he has and will continue to experience as a result of the accident.

In addition to the physical damage suffered in the accident, the man's future career aspirations have taken a hit as well. He had been training to become a police officer, but his injury made it impossible for him to complete the physical portion of testing. Since the accident, he has only been able to hold part-time jobs. In order to compensate him for the loss of past and future earnings, the jury awarded him $4 million. They also included nearly $850,000 to cover expenses related to household services.

Money cannot undo an accident or completely heal a person injured on the job. However, it can help them recover from their injuries by covering expenses related to medical, physical and emotional damage.

Source: The Buffalo News, "Arcade man awarded $10 million for disabling workplace accident," James Staas, Dec. 3, 2013

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