The estate of a man struck critically injured in a garbage truck accident settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.15M. (Citation: Koza v. Pope, No. 09-246465 (09) (Fla., Broward Co. Cir. Feb. 14, 2012). )
93-year-old Wladslaw Koza was hit as he approached a garbage truck from behind to offer the driver a tip for picking up some cardboard boxes. The truck driver backed over him and dragged him almost 30 feet before the driver’s helper alerted the driver to stop.
Koza survived the accident but his injuries, which included a subdural hematoma and a degloving injury to his arm, were so severed that he succumbed to them about 10 days after the accident.
Before the accident, Koza was an active retiree who was renovating his home. He was survived by his three adult children and six grandchildren.
Koza’s son filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of his father’s estate against All Service Refuse Co., the temporary service that hired the truck driver, the truck driver and other related companies. The wrongful deathsuit claimed that the driver was negligent when he violated the refuse company’s policy which forbids backing up except when absolutely necessary and not without a lookout.
The defendants admitted liability before trial and the suit was settled for $1.15 million, with $1M to be paid by All Service and $150,000 from the temporary hiring agency.
Backup accidents are not that all uncommon and that is why many trucking companies develop policies to protect pedestrians, bicyclists and small vehicles. Many trucking companies also install safety equipment such as backup sensors, mirrors and camera systems on their trucks to prevent accidents from occurring.
Wrongful Death Attorney Represents Families
If you have experienced the death of a loved one due to another’s negligence whether it be from an automobile accident, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse or a criminal assault, in Washington state, you are entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation on behalf of your deceased loved one. A personal injury attorney specializing in wrongful death can be off assistance to you.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of the Seattle wrongful death law firm, The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have suffered the premature death of a loved one. Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.