Man Hit by Logging Truck Settles Case

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Calvin, a 60-year-old man, was working as a truck driver in rural North Louisiana. He was transporting  heavy equipment on his truck’s trailer. Calvin attempted to make a left-hand turn, but the driver of the logging truck failed to see the stopped cars in front of him. The logging truck driver attempted to go around the stopped cars to avoid a collision and struck the driver’s side door of Calvin’s truck.

Logging Truck Accident Leaves Man Unable to Return to Work

Calvin was knocked unconscious in the wreck, and he was transported to the hospital from the scene. He sustained a broken ankle and torn shoulder muscles. He was in a great deal of pain and required surgery to repair his shoulder. As he slowly recovered from his injuries in the months that followed, he was first in a wheelchair and then on crutches. It took a year to recover. He still had some limitations after his medical treatment was completed. His wife, a nurse, cared for him and helped him throughout his recovery from his injuries.

Calvin was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he was used to an active life spent working hard, enjoying the outdoors, and raising his grandson. His daily life after the accident looked very different. Calvin had to rely on the care and support of his family, and he was unable to return to his prior position as a truck driver. He was restricted from heavy lifting or overhead work by his doctors.

Calvin spoke about his difficulties to a friend, who was an attorney. His friend recognized that Calvin would need someone who had a lot of experience with accident cases and could handle a difficult case against the logging industry. He referred Calvin to Attorney Wes Gralapp, of Neblett, Beard & Arsenault.

Neblett, Beard & Arsenault Helps Man Mediate Difficult Injury Case Against Logging Company

Wes met with Calvin over a pot of coffee at Calvin’s kitchen table. They talked, one on one, about Calvin’s rights, his options, what to expect, and how all of this might affect his life. Calvin came away from the meeting with trust and confidence in Wes and Neblett, Beard & Arsenault. After having his future clouded by injury and disability, he was reassured about his case. Wes went to work on Calvin’s case right away, and he stayed in close communication with Calvin throughout the process.

The logging company disputed its liability for Calvin’s injuries, attempting to blame Calvin for the accident and accusing him of being at fault. To avoid the drawn-out process of going to court, Wes and Calvin decided to work toward mediation of the case. When the day arrived, the mediation lasted eight hours but ultimately settled for $475,000 in Calvin’s favor. Calvin was very happy to have resolved his case, and he was glad to be able to move on with his life. The settlement provided much-needed relief for Calvin and the security needed to continue to care for his grandson.

When asked about Calvin’s case, Wes said, “I felt it was my responsibility not to let the logging industry get away with reckless driving and ruining someone’s golden years. I wanted to make sure they paid, and I wanted to make sure that the client could provide for his family. Recovering his lost wages was very important in this case. When someone works hard all his life, it’s not fair to rob him of his retirement.”

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Wesley J. Gralapp
With over 25 years of experience, Attorney Wesley Gralapp helps personal injury victims throughout Louisiana.