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San Francisco Truck Driver Awarded $11.4 Million

In San Francisco, California, a federal court has awarded Raymond Mariolle with $11.4 million in damages after sustaining a spinal injury while working for Waste Management Co. in October 2007. Mariolle was driving his truck when the front wheel collapsed causing the 55,000-pound vehicle to fall to the ground. Mariolle sustained compression injuries that have caused him severe pain even after three surgeries.
The lawsuit stated that Consolidated Metco, which made the hub for the truck, Volvo Trucks, which made the cab and chassis, and Whittke Manufacturing, which designed the truck, all knew that the hub was defective and failed to warn the drivers of this fact. After a three-week trial, the jury found that all the parts of the truck were defective and had caused Mr. Mariolle’s injuries.
The Plaintiff’s damages included $2.4 million for lost wages and all of his medical costs, $7.5 million for all the pain and suffering his injury has caused him, and $1.5 million for his wife Regina Mariolle for loss of marital and family relations.
For the full article, please visit http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/22/BA3U1OM26H.DTL

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