GE sued after employee involved in collision

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Jan. 12, 2009, 4:00am

MARSHALL-Traveling down the highway in Harrison County, Barbara Jean Reynolds was suddenly struck by a vehicle driven by Robert Charles Clark when he allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign.

Reynolds believes that at the time of the collision, Clark was in the course and scope of his employment with either SQA Services or General Electric Co. and therefore, the companies are responsible for any possible negligence.

Barbara Jean Reynolds and Paul Reynolds filed a personal injury lawsuit against GE, SQA Services Inc., Robert Charles Clark, and John Does 1-10 on Jan 6 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

The lawsuit asserts Clark was negligent for failing to yield the right-of-way, failing to control speed, failing to keep a lookout or pay attention, and failing to make timely and proper application of the brakes or take evasive action in order to avoid a collision.

Further, the plaintiffs state that the defendant was negligent for "driving the vehicle recklessly with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property" and "driving the vehicle without regard for the safety and welfare of other persons or property as an ordinary prudent person would have under the same or similar conditions."

Under the doctrine of respondeat superior, the plaintiffs assert General Electric and SQA Services are also liable for any negligence contributing to the accident.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages for physical pain and mental anguish, lost wages and loss of earning capacity, physical and mental impairment, medical expenses, and disfigurement. The plaintiff's husband Paul Reynolds is seeking damages for loss of consortium.

Longview attorneys Glenn A. Perry and Garrett W. Wilson of the Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher, and Perry Law firm are representing the plaintiffs.

Plaintiffs are seeking a trial by jury. U. S. District Judge T. John Ward will preside.

Case No 2:09cv5

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