Man helping with tree pruning sues after 25-foot fall

By David Yates | Feb 1, 2013

Kountze resident Clifford Cole is suing Beaumont local Douglas Turnbull claiming Turnbull indirectly caused him to be struck by a tree limb and fall 25 feet.

The suit was filed Jan. 24 in Jefferson County District Court. 

According to the lawsuit, on April 9, 2011, Cole was assisting in removing trees and tree limbs on property owned by Turnbull when, without warning, Turnbull pulled a rope attached to a tree with his truck, causing Cole to be struck in the abdomen by a large limb and plunge approximately 25 feet to the ground.

“This fall resulted in the injuries and damages complained of herin,” the suit states. “Plaintiff would show that the defendant owed a duty to plaintiff to use ordinary care.”

Cole fractured several ribs in the fall and suffered multiple fractures of the pelvic ring, the suit states.

The suit further sates Turnbull failed to use ordinary care and improperly used his motor vehicle to assist in the work.

The plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney Jonathan Juhan represents him.

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

Case No. D193-856

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