Texas jury awards injured truck driver $5.5 million

| Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A jury in Lubbock, TX, has awarded a truck driver $5.5 million after finding that the Lubbock company he drove for, West Star Transportation Inc., failed to provide adequate safety equipment while he was on the job.

According to court documents, Charles Robison, formerly of Lubbock, TX, was tarping a load of gin equipment in April 2007 when he fell approximately 15 to 20 feet, landing on his head on a concrete driveway. He sustained multiple skull, facial fractures and a brain injury that has “had a severe impact on his ability to live independently, care for himself, and find and retain employment.”

The jury in the 72nd District Court in Lubbock awarded Robison more than $1 million for physical pain, physical impairment and mental anguish; $411,724 for loss of earnings capacity; and $3,716,575 for past and future medical expenses, according to a news release issued by the Lanier Law Firm of Houston, TX, which represented him in the workplace injury lawsuit. His wife, Cherie Robison, was awarded $400,000 for loss of “consortium” (right of companionship) stemming from her husband’s injuries.

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