Worker sues Army Depot for $3M after tripping over cables

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jul. 11, 2011, 7:27am

TEXARKANA - A contract worker for the Red River Army Depot has filed a lawsuit asking for more than $3 million after he tripped over cables and broke his ankle.

John E. Willoughby and Wendy Willoughby filed suit against United States of America, on behalf of the United States Department of the Army, on June 20 in the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division.

The incident occurred on June 8, 2007 as John Willoughby was working for Lear Siegler Services Inc. at Red River Army Depot located in Texarkana. He states he tripped over a bundle of cables and fell to the floor, resulting in a broken right ankle.

The defendant is accused of negligence for creating and allowing the hazardous and unsafe condition, failing to remove or cover the bundle of cables, failing to warn of the dangerous condition and allowing the bundle of cables to remain bare on the floor of the Army Depot in a hazardous and unsafe condition.

Willoughby is seeking more than $3 million in damages for physical, mental and emotional pain and distress, anxiety, depression, loss of wages, loss of companionship or consortium, plus interest and court costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Mark C. Burgess of Boyd, Poff & Burgess in Texarkana.

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

Case No. 5:11-cv-00122

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