Driver files suit after cabinet reportedly falls on him

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Dec. 27, 2012, 4:46pm

HOUSTON - After he was reportedly hurt as he attempted to make a delivery earlier this year, Karl House pursues legal action.

House sued S.P. Richards Co. Oct. 15 in Harris County District Court.

The defendant removed the case to the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on Dec. 21.

Recent court papers show the plaintiff, an driver with JB Hunt Transport, drove to BNSF Railway Co. last Feb. 8 to pick up a trailer and deliver it to the respondent.

When House arrived at S.P. Richards's facilities, according to the original petition, he parked the vehicle and proceeded to unloaded the trailer's contents only to have a file cabinet fall on him.

"The incident occurred with great force that it caused Mr. House to suffer personal injuries," the suit says.

House asserts the defendant loaded the trailer or had control of it and its contents.

He faults S.P. Richards for:

Failing to properly load the trailer;

Failing to correct the manner in which the trailer was loaded;

Failing to warn the plaintiff;

Failing to maintain proper supervision on its employees; and

Failing to educate its employees on the proper manner in which to load the trailer.

Consequently, House seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Attorney Langdon "Trey" Smith with Jim S. Adler & Associates in Houston is representing the complainant.

Case No. 4:12-CV-3704

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