Trucker gets $800K in container-accident settlement, left fully disabled

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  1. c64basic

    c64basic Medium Load Member

    Jan 17, 2013
    Frozen Tundra
    Trucker gets $800K in container-accident settlement
    A tractor-trailer driver who was injured when a nearly 24-ton container dropped from a crane and crashed down onto his truck is receiving $800,000 in a settlement with a Jersey City container port.

    Wesley Gadsden Jr., 69, of Jersey City, was left fully disabled and unable to work as a result of the May 7, 2013, accident at Global Terminal, according to Gadsden's attorney, Damon A. Vespi of the Vespi Law Firm in Totowa.

    On the day of the accident, Gadsden was parked at a loading dock at 302 Port Jersey Blvd. receiving a full, 47,840-pound container being lowered onto his chassis by a crane, Vespi said in a press release.

    The container clipped another grounded, stacked container, became unhooked from the crane and fell onto the chassis and cab of Gadsden's truck from at least two stories above.

    The impact's force felt and sounded like an explosion, and briefly, Gadsden thought he was not going to survive, Vespi said. The attorney added that his client was thrown violently, and his head slammed into the cab's roof.

    Gadsden suffered severe neck and back injuries and required lower back surgery.

    He needed a second back surgery, but surgeons refused to perform it due to Gadsden's high blood pressure, diabetes and other complications. He also suffered a minor traumatic brain injury, Vespi said.

    Gadsden's injuries "have had a severe impact on his life in that he has been limited in all aspects of physical activities," Vespi said. "Mr. Gadsden rarely missed work and had an excellent attendance record. Since the day of the accident, he never again returned to work."

    The settlement was reached after nearly three years of litigation, Vespi said.

    Global Terminal officials did not respond to a request for comment yesterday.
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  3. Alaska76

    Alaska76 Road Train Member

    Jan 20, 2014
    Inland Empire, WA
    I hope to hell that his medical expenses were covered as well, and NOT included in that settlement. 800k, not enough IMO.
  4. HalpinUout

    HalpinUout Road Train Member

    Oct 2, 2011
    I hope that 800k is after his attorneys cut also
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  5. Bakerman

    Bakerman Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ
    I wonder if that was his cut or does he have to split that with the lawyers
  6. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

    May 10, 2015
    Detroit, MI
    10 years worth of salary, what's after that, social security for $800 per month?
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  7. dog-c

    dog-c Road Train Member

    May 30, 2011
    New York, NY
    He's 69 he can tap into disability and ssi but it's just never enough especially in tax infested swampland jersey
  8. Jrdude5

    Jrdude5 Heavy Load Member

    Mar 26, 2013
    New York, NY
    Wow and I am in Global at the moment waiting on a container smh this place is a **** hole been here 4 hours already hope all his bills is definitely taken care of before that number.
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  9. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

    Feb 25, 2010
    And that lady got 2 million from mcdonalds for spilling hot coffee on herself.
  10. HalpinUout

    HalpinUout Road Train Member

    Oct 2, 2011
    Erin Andrews just was awarded $55 million for her breast being exposed and Hulk Hogan is currently in court for a $100 million for a sex tape, ridiculous
  11. IronWeasel80

    IronWeasel80 Medium Load Member

    Sep 4, 2015
    Belen, NM
    Ah, yes. The famous McDonald's coffee case.

    That happened the McDonalds about 3 blocks from my house when I was in middle school (junior high) in 1992. It's the location on the corner of Juan Tabo & Lomas in Albuquerque....that McDonalds is still there. Anyway, she sued because the coffee was too hot - almost 200°F, which was well over the temperature it was supposed to be held at. Up to that point, McDonalds had over 700 previous reports of injuries due to their "too hot" coffee and had already paid out settlements in some of those cases. Stella Liebeck, the woman we all remember when we think of the McDonalds Coffee lawsuit, was just the most publicized case, but she was definitely not the only one.
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