Missouri Jury Awards $2.2M for Trucker’s Injuries

April 9, 2013

A truck driver from Oklahoma has been awarded more than $2 million for injuries sustained while unloading Dollar General merchandise at a store in Troy, Mo..

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a federal jury in St. Louis granted the $2.2 million award this week to Gregory Baird.

Baird was unloading merchandise in the dark on Black Friday in 2007 when an improperly loaded 38-pound box fell on his head. Attorney John Anderson says it knocked him unconscious and injured his neck and back, injuries that still linger.

Dollar General attorneys presented testimony that Baird could have waited to unload the next day. Anderson says he would have been fired by his employer, Hogan Trucking, if he waited.

An attorney for Dollar General declined comment.

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  • April 15, 2013 at 10:47 am
    Troy says:
    My father was a truck driver for over 30 years and always carried a clip light with a 100w bulb to light up the box so he could load or unload after dark. If anything they sho... read more
  • April 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm
    Huh! says:
    Unloading in the dark to avoid being fired....sounds like the trucker and his employer ought to share the blame and medical expenses.
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