Kelly Holleran Jul. 24, 2014, 12:41pm

A man has filed suit against the forklift operator he claims struck him, causing severe injury. 

Terry Herrin filed suit July 15 in the Jefferson County District Court against Lanmark Staffing Co., Goodpack USA Inc. and Mattice Lewis.

According to the complaint, Herrin was working as a wet line operator for defendant Goodpack USA on Jan. 31, when defendant Lewis, who was operating a forklift for defendant Lanmark Staffing and Goodpack, struck him.

The forklift was carrying a load of containers weighing thousands of pounds and caused Herrin significant injuries, according to the complaint.

Because of the incident, Herrin suffered head, left ear, neck, shoulder, wrist, right ankle, right hand and knee injuries and endured a deteriorated physical condition, the suit states.

Herrin blames Lewis for causing his injuries, saying Lewis negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to adequately warn of danger, failed to adequately control the speed of the forklift and failed to maintain proper control of the forklift.

Herrin also names Lanmark and Goodpack as defendants, saying they negligently hired and retained Lewis, failed to properly investigate Lewis’s ability, failed to properly train Lewis, failed to properly supervise Lewis, failed to make a prudent inquiry into the forklift operation and recklessly employed Lewis.

Herrin is seeking actual damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

He is being represented by attorney Rodney A. Townsend Jr. of Townsend Attorneys at Law in Orange.

Jefferson County District Court case number: B195-886

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Jefferson County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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