HOUSTON – A Home Depot employee is suing the home improvement supplies retailing company after he allegedly sustained a foot injury, according to recent Harris County District Court records.
Eliseo Zepeda claims a Home Depot-owned fork lift crushed his left foot on Jan. 18, 2016.
His lawsuit, which was filed two years to the day of the subject incident in the Harris County 55th District Court, says he was operating the machinery and “forced to turn abruptly.”
The forklift reportedly hit a structure, resulting it to tip over.
“As the forklift was falling, Mr. Zepeda, in an attempt to save himself from harm and to prevent further damage, extended his left leg to brace for the impact,” court papers explain. “As a result, Mr. Zepeda’s left foot was crushed with an open fracture of the first metatarsal with significant bone loss to the left foot.”
The complaint asserts a language barrier prevented Zepeda from being properly trained in utilizing the forklift.
Consequently, he seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.
Daniel B. Cratty of The Cratty Law Firm, PLLC in Sugar Land is representing the plaintiff.
Harris County 55th District Court Case No. 2018-3462