Jury Verdict for $2.81 Million for Crush Injuries Caused by Negligent Operation of Hydraulic Lift

William Clay, 67, went to a car dealer to help his son purchase a car. As he stood by a raised vehicle in the dealer’s garage, an employee operating a hydraulic vehicle lift lowered the car onto Clay’s right foot.

He suffered crush fractures to three toes, which required amputation within two weeks of the incident. He now suffers pain when walking, has a limp and uses a cane. His medical expenses were more than $31,300.

He sued the operator of the dealership, Shako Mako Inc., and the premises owner, Nahla LLC, alleging that these defendants negligently allowed Clay to access the garage area without warning of the hazard posed by the elevated vehicle.

The lawsuit also alleged liability for the employee’s negligent operation of the hydraulic lift.

The jury signed a verdict in favor of Clay for more than $2.81 million

The attorneys handling this case for Clay were Nicholas Morrow and Miriah A. Soliz.

Clay v. Shako Mako, Inc., No. DC-16-03369 (Tex. Dist. Ct. Dallas County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling intersection crash cases, forklift accident cases, work injury cases, construction site lawsuits and product liability cases, premises liability cases and wrongful death cases for individuals, families and loved ones who have been injured, harmed or killed by the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Orland Park, Calumet City, Evergreen Park, Country Club Hills, Oakbrook Terrace, Berkeley, Maywood, Forest Park, Bensenville, Wood Dale, Morton Grove, Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills, Prospect Heights, Long Grove, Libertyville, North Chicago, Gurnee, Crystal Lake, Chicago (West Ridge, Forest Glen, Old Irving Park, Roscoe Village, Lakeview, Bucktown, Ukrainian Village, West Garfield Park, Homan Square, Lower West Side, Little Village, McKinley Park, Bridgeport, Canaryville, Grand Boulevard, Hyde Park, Wrigleyville, Chicago Lawn, Calumet Heights, Hegewisch, Marquette Park), Burbank, Bedford Park, Stickney, Wilmette and Evanston, Ill.

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