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Moving company employee alleges negligence led to sliced wrist


By Carrie Bradon | Sep 11, 2019

GALVESTON — An Angelina County man is suing a group of moving companies, alleging he was overworked, which resulted in a workplace injury in which his wrist was sliced.

MC Alexander filed a complaint Aug. 28 in Galveston County District Court against Frontage Moving and Storage LLC, doing business as Galaxy Moving and Storage, E. Texas Storage and Moving LLC, doing business as Texas Moving and Storage and/or Lufkin Self Storage, Frontage Hotels LLC doing business The Boardwalk, Frontage Construction LLC, Morris Morehead, Cory Morehead, Colton Manning, Shalisa Morehead and Colby Morehead, alleging liability and negligence.

According to the complaint, Alexander had been employed as a mover with Galaxy Moving and Storage since January 2018. The suit alleges Manning took over the operations of the company and the previous supervisor, who was Manning's son-in-law, lacked experience in the industry. Colby Morehead was going to take over the company, the suit alleges, but also lacked experience, so he just answered the phones. 

During Alexander's employment, he says the defendant did not give him formal training on moving but simply expected the plaintiff to shadow the other movers. The plaintiff was also said he not given any gear to prevent injuries, such as gloves or uniforms but only a dolly, rope and moving blankets. 

On Aug. 11, 2018, the plaintiff alleges he was told to help move belongings from a home in Lufkin, and was assigned to do the move with a friend of the Morehead family. Alexander says he loaded the items on the truck and transported them to an apartment in League City, which is two to three hours from Lufkin. The friend who was helping the plaintiff do the moving work allegedly had to leave and the defendants sent another employee to replace him. 

At 5 p.m., the plaintiff and Kyle, the other employee, allegedly began to unload the furniture and had to carry up several flights of stairs. The team was nearly finished the work at 9:30 p.m. and there was one large glass tabletop to be moved. The plaintiff tried to move it but says he was exhausted. As Alexander and Kyle were moving the tabletop, the suit alleges, it fell and hit one of the steps, shattering and slicing the plaintiff's arm above the wrist, causing him to lose a large amount of blood. 

The plaintiff says he wrapped his arm and Kyle called 911. Alexander was taken to the hospital and discharged the next day. The plaintiff says he has lost nearly all use of his right hand and has not been given worker's compensation by the defendants.

Alexander seeks monetary relief in excess of $100,000, interest, court costs, trial by jury, attorney fees and all just relief. He is represented by attorneys David E. Bernsen, Cade Bernsen and Jaime D. Matuska of The Bernsen Law Firm in Beaumont.

Galveston County District Court case number 19-CV-1581

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