Beasley Allen lawyer Kendall Dunson filed a lawsuit against Big O’s Trucking and Outokumpu Stainless, USA in Mobile, Alabama, and other defendants after Benjie Covington was seriously and permanently injured on the job when the dump truck he was driving rolled over due to improper loading and unsuitably maintained environment where the dump truck was loaded.
“Our client was performing the job he promised, but the defendants failed to uphold their responsibilities to keep him safe on the job,” said Beasley Allen attorney Kendall Dunson. “Mr. Covington has endured various medical treatments, lost income, watched as medical bills have grown and is permanently impaired so that he will not be able to return to work.”
Covington was operating the dump truck for Big O’s Trucking earlier this year on April 27. He drove the dump truck to defendant Outokumpu’s location, where the dump truck was loaded improperly and required that the dump truck be emptied in preparation for reloading. The lawsuit explains that “[d]uring the dumping process, the [dump truck] rolled over due to the improper… load, the condition of the subject truck and the condition of the area designated for dumping the load.” The combination of these factors caused the truck to roll over, leaving Covington with a severe spinal cord injury.
The dump truck accident lawsuit alleges the defendants were negligent and wanton for failing to ensure a safe working environment, “train, direct and warn those in harm’s way of the hazards associated with working in the subject environment.” The defendants’ failure to maintain the equipment for safe use, properly train and instruct Covington “in the proper way to perform his responsibilities and to avoid injury,” and “incorporate adequate safety devices and/or procedures and warning” support the plaintiff’s allegations.
“Mr. Covington will have to grapple with the consequences of the defendants’ poor decisions for the rest of his life. The defendants’ must be held accountable for their negligent actions that changed Mr. Covington’s life forever.”
The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama, case number 02-CV-2021-902220.00.