Suit alleges hand crushed when employee turned on roller machine

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Apr. 30, 2008, 10:29am

MARSHALL -- Lisa Stewart alleges that an employee of Milprint Inc. in Longview asked her for help loading material onto a machine, but when she attempted to help, Stewart states the employee turned the machine on, crushing her hand.

Stewart filed suit against Milprint Inc. successor of Paramount Packaging Corp., successor of Bemis Longview d/b/a Bemis Custom Products and Bemis Flexible Products on April 24 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

Employed by a temporary employment agency, Stewart was assigned to work at Milprint Inc., formerly known as Bemis Longview Inc., when this accident occurred.

Stewart alleges that while on this temporary assignment, a machine operator asked her to load plastic film through pressed rollers.

Stewart states that while she was loading the plastic, the machine operator turned the machine on causing her left hand to be rolled into the machine.

According to the complaint, Stewart's hand was trapped in the machine for an extended period causing her excruciating pain.

Stewart states that after emergency medical treatment and three surgeries, she has sustained severe and disabling injuries to her left hand.

The suit accuses the defendants' employee of negligence by failing to determine whether the plaintiff was free from the machine before turning it on. In addition, the suit alleges the defendant is negligent for failing to properly train its employees, failing to adequately supervise its employees and failing to provide a safe work environment.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain, mental anguish, lost earnings, lost earning capacity, disfigurement, physical impairment, and medical expenses.

Stewart is requesting a trial by jury and is represented by Longview attorneys Darren K. Coleman and Bradley R. Echols of the law firm Boon, Shaver, Echols and Coleman PLLC.

U.S. District Judge T. John Ward is assigned to the litigation.

Case No. 2:08cv00169

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