Man sues UPS after he trips over package on doorstep

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jun 13, 2011

GALVESTON – After he tripped over a package left on his doorstep last year, Raymond Gonzales is suing United Parcel Service Inc.

Gonzales claims he developed a serious infection as a result of the April 13, 2010, fall which ultimately led to the removal of a grapefruit size mass of infected tissue from his leg, a lawsuit filed June 3 in Galveston County District Court states.

According to recent court documents, the plaintiff was leaving his residence for work when he claims he violently tumbled down a flight of stairs and landed hard on the concrete pathway below.

"The accident has caused Mr. Gonzales to suffer numerous injuries and physical limitations and to incur over $30,000 in medical bills," the original petition states.

It further explains that the complainant "had to undergo hundreds of painful dressing changes and had to endure countless hours of physical therapy to regain his mobility."

Gonzales claims he has previously requested that UPS carriers not leave packages at the door if he was not home, since he regularly received valuable shipments.

He blames the defendant for failing to deliver the package in a safe manner, failing to place the package in a safe and conspicuous area, failing to follow company delivery protocol, failing to properly train the employee in safe delivery procedures and failing to alert him of a potential tripping hazard.

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

Attorney Shaun W. Hodge of Galveston is representing Gonzales, and Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia is presiding over the case.

Case No. 11-cv-0889

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