Truck Driver Wins Trip & Fall Case

Posted on: July 10th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

A 2009 Decision by the PA Superior Court affirmed a Philadelphia jury’s verdict in favor of a Pennsylvania truck driver as a result of his fall at Drexel University.  The trucking accident occurred after a delivery truck backed up to a loading dock.  As the truck driver was unloading materials from his truck, his foot hit the bumper on the loading dock and he fell injuring his back and knee.

The Pennsylvania truck accident attorney filed a lawsuit alleging that the elevated bumper created a dangerous condition which Drexel had the power to eliminate.  The jury found the truck driver 30% at fault for the accident and Drexel 70% responsible.  This comparative negligence decision was upheld by the Pennsylvania Superior Court as it agreed that the elevated bumper on the loading dock was the proximate cause of the truck driver’s injuries.  Walker v. Drexel University, 971 A.2d 521 (PA Super. 2009)