While lifting a heavy tire, Clarence Williams claims he hurt his back.

On Feb. 1 Williams filed suit against Goodyear Tire & Rubber in Jefferson County District Court, seeking exemplary and punitive damages for the company’s alleged malicious disregard for his health.

According to the lawsuit, on July 27 Williams, an A+ Drivers employee, was contracted out to Goodyear as a driver and loader. While loading tires with another man, he experienced severe back pain.

“Defendant … knew the tires were large and heavy, but failed to provide proper equipment or assistance for loading the tires,” the suit states.

The suit further accuses Goodyear of negligently failing supervise and train its employees.

On top of exemplary damages and punitive damages, the plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment and lost wages.

Houston attorney Michael Pierce of Arnold & Itkin represents him.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A193-885

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