While hauling bags of ice, Mercedes Mejia, a deliveryman, hurt his back.

On June 13 he filed suit against B&B Ice in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the company was negligent in not providing a forklift to move the ice.

According to the lawsuit, on Jan. 11 Mejia was employed by B&B as a deliveryman, taking water coolers and ice to various refineries in Southeast Texas. 

When he arrived at a plant where he was to unload some ice, no forklift was available and he was forced to manually load the ice onto a dolly.

While moving the ice down the truck ramp, Mejia felt a pop in his back and went blind in both eyes. He suffered a detached retina in his left eye and still has not recovered vision in that eye, the suit states.

The suit further accuses B&B of negligently failing to provide a forklift.

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

Beaumont attorney Steven Barkley represents him.

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

Case No. D194-443

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