A jury in Nevada awarded $19,854,217 in damages last month to a man who was run over by a Sky-Trak 5028 rough terrain forklift. In the incident giving rise to the lawsuit, the Plaintiff, Tom Novick was pinned beneath one of the forklift’s tires. The driver was parking the machine and it slowly rolled backward across the victim’s entire body. Mr. Novick was severely injured. He suffered multiple catastrophic injuries, and was totally disabled. He had two amputations of his right leg, and has permanent brain damage.
Based on evidence posted during the trial, it appears Panelized Structures did not have an adequate commitment to safety. For example, the forklift driver, who was the brother-in-law of Panelized Structures’ owner, was promoted to safety director after the most serious injury in company history. In addition, the company used temporary workers without training them. The jury assigned 20% of the fault to Mr. Novick, and 80% of the fault to the forklift driver and his employer, Panelized Structures. John Shook, who is with the firm Shook & Stone, located in Los Vegas, represented the Plaintiff in this case and he did a very good job.
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