Orange man injured by trailer says company never explained unhooking procedure

David Yates Jun. 11, 2008, 9:16am

ORANGE -- Whacked in the knee while unhooking his brand new trailer from his truck, Jerald Whately claims the company who sold him the trailer never fully explained the procedure and has filed suit against Lloyd's I-10 RV Center Inc.

Seeking actual damages, Whately filed his suit June 3 in the Orange County District Court.

According to his suit, Whately purchased a travel trailer from Lloyd's on June 6, 2006. He attended an orientation before leaving, but claims the company never explained how to unhook the trailer.

"Plaintiff drove the trailer home and unhooked it," the suit says. "A bar on the trailer came off and struck plaintiff on his right leg, above and below the right knee."

The suit goes on to say Lloyd's had a duty to explain the unhooking procedure properly during the orientation. "Defendant's breach of duty … caused plaintiff injury."

In addition to actual damages, the plaintiff is suing for past and future medical expenses and mental anguish.

He is represented by Walter Snider of the Snider & Byrd law firm.

The case has been assigned to Judge Pat Clark, 128th Judicial District.

Case No. A-080217-c

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