Lawsuit claims forklift at convention center 'violently' struck, pinned business owner

By John Suayan | Mar 26, 2019

HOUSTON – Fort Bend County residents Robert and Patricia Roberts have filed a personal injury lawsuit against Freeman Expositions, LLC and one of its employees in response to an incident last year at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.

In the 11-page suit filed on Mar. 25 in the Harris County 113th District Court, the petitioners state that a forklift belonging to Freeman and operated by worker Patrick McCall “traveled out of control” down a loading ramp and “violently struck” Robert Roberts on May 5, 2018 as he was loading equipment into his company van.

Prior to the collision, McCall allegedly exited the forklift “without lowering the forks and without engaging the brake.” Robert Roberts “was trapped (without any ability to move) between the forklift and the door of the company van,” the original petition says.

He further recalls hearing “something snap,” which prompted him to yell for assistance.

According to court papers, Robert Roberts suffered “significant/crushing injuries to his legs and ankles.” A man in his early seventies, he says that he is undergoing “significant treatment for a long list of injuries.”

The complainants seek unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

They are represented by the law firm Johanson & Fairless, L.L.P. in Sugar Land.

Harris County 113th District Court Case No. 2019-21263

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