$1 Million - Trailer Unloading Case Settles for more than $1 Million.

GM Settles Tractor Trailer Unloading Case

On May 7, 2001, plaintiff was working as a tractor trailer operator for Excel Logistics, working out of it's Bensalem, Pennsylvania facility. He picked up his trailer at about 4:00 a.m., which was loaded by General Motors. While he was unloading his freight at a Chevrolet dealership, he slipped on oil dry and fell to the floor of the trailer. He immediately felt pain in his back and called his employer to report the incident. Plaintiff proved through discovery that the oil dry was left on the floor of the trailer by GM before they loaded it with boxes, thereby obscuring the slippery surface.

At the time of the accident, plaintiff was earning approximately $3,800 per month. He was permanently disabled and had not worked since the time of the accident. A settlement was reached in an amount in excess of $1 million shortly before trial. The terms and conditions of the settlement was confidential. Patrick Waldon v General Motors Corp., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 03-4806.

The Waldons were represented by Stewart J. Eisenberg, Esquire and Federic Eisenberg, Esquire.