Orange woman sues Home Depot over work related injury

David Yates Oct. 29, 2008, 4:29am

A Home Depot employee is suing her employer for requiring her to lift merchandise. Nelda Yancey claims she was moving a "heavy bundle" with a co-worker when the other worker "negligently lost control of the load."

Yancey says she hurt her wrist when she "was required to lift too much without assistance" and filed suit against Home Depot Inc. on Oct. 7 in Orange County District Court.

Court papers show that Yancey hurt her left wrist, neck and shoulders April 24.

While on Home Depot's payroll, she and another employee were "ordered to lift heavy bundles," the complaint says.

"Plaintiff was lifting when her co-worker negligently lost control of the load," the suit says. "Plaintiff was required to lift too much weight without mechanical assistance and without enough co-workers."

Yancey is suing for past and future mental anguish, lost earnings, impairment, disfigurement and medical expenses, plus exemplary damages.

She is represented by attorney Jonathan Harris of the Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris law firm.

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

Case No. A-080361-c

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