A Jefferson County man claims he suffers from headaches and severe neck and back pain because of a 2009 collision.

Eric Brooks filed a lawsuit Dec. 21 in Jefferson County District Court against Harlon Broome.

Brooks claims he drove on State Highway 124 on Jan. 15, 2009, when he stopped while attempting to make a left-hand turn. Suddenly, Broome, who drove in the same direction, failed to control his speed and slammed into the rear of Brooks' vehicle, according to the complaint.

Because of the collision, Brooks incurred medical costs, lost his earnings and his earning capacity and suffered physical impairment, physical pain and mental anguish, the suit states. In addition, he sustained property damages, the complaint says.

Brooks blames Broome for causing the collision, saying Broome negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to timely apply his brakes and failed to control his speed.

In his complaint, Brooks seeks an unspecified judgment, plus pre-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Jonathan C. Juhan of Beaumont will be representing him.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D189-005

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