Injury to truck driver from falling off allegedly-defective ladder on tractor-trailer


The firm represented a national trucking company, which also provides tractor and trailer maintenance on a contract basis to distribution companies. In a $3 million claim, the truck driver claimed to have fallen off of a ladder while accessing the freezer compartment in a large refrigerated trailer. Plaintiff alleged that the ladder was defective and that our client should have corrected the defects during regularly scheduled maintenance visits. Plaintiff required a neck surgery and claimed medical bills over $150,000 and loss of earning capacity of more than $2 million. The jury heard expert testimony on U.S. Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Transportation, and OSHA issues, as well as medical expert testimony. The jury returned a defense verdict, deciding our client was not negligent in the performance of its contractual maintenance duties.