Gabriel S. v. Truck Rental Company

Confidential settlement, broken hip, broken pelvis, broken wrist, open reduction internal fixation with hardware, product liability, national truck rental company

Gabriel S. was injured in the back of a box truck owned by a national truck rental company when he was attempting to move his personal belongings. His foot got caught on a bracket located in the back of the truck that was used to hold a handcart. Gabriel S. Broke his hip, pelvis and right wrist that each required open reduction and internal fixation with hardware. The reason that Gabriel got hurt is that the bracket was installed in the back of the truck in a position they created a tripping hazard.

This matter was initially litigated by different law firm that was unable to obtain any settlement offer from the defense. The prior lawyer called Sam Coffey and asked if he could help. Sam obtained one of the brackets from the local office of the truck rental company and perform the patent search using the patent number stamped onto the bracket.

Sam Coffey discovered that the designer of the bracket intended it to be installed three inches higher up on the wall of the truck to avoid a tripping hazard and that the moving company installed the bracket wrong on several thousand trucks all across the United States.

Sam filed his notice of appearance in the law suit, requested the deposition of the bracket designer and amended the complaint to allege that the installation violated the directives of the designer.

The truck rental company immediately contacted Sam Coffey and asked if his client would like to go to mediation. Within two months of accepting the case from the prior lawyer Sam Coffey obtained a settlement offer to compensate his client for his injuries.

Coffey McPharlin is a personal injury law firm representing individuals and families in North Miami, Aventura, Hialeah, Coral Gables, South Miami, South Beach, North Miami Beach, Miramar, Margate, Hallandale, Dania Beach, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Sunrise, Margate, Coral Springs, Parkland, Lighthouse Point, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach and Wilton Manors, Boca Raton, Southwest ranches, West Palm Beach, Rivera Beach and Jupiter. Coffey McPharlin handles premises liability claims, uninsured motorist claims, underinsured motorist claims, transportation accidents, automobile accidents, trucking accidents, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, recreational accidents, resort accidents and wrongful death claims.