Dallas agrees to pay $215,000 settlement in lawsuit filed by injured landfill driver

by Jay Pate

The City of Dallas has agreed to pay a $215,000 settlement to a north Texas man who filed a personal injury lawsuit after he was was severely injured after being run over by a bulldozer at a Dallas-area landfill. According his lawsuit against the City of Dallas, Manuel Enriquez has undergone two knee surgeries and has been unable to work since he was injured during the course of his job duties at McCommas Bluff Landfill, which is owned by the city.

Enriquez was hurt in October 2012 shortly after arriving at the landfill during his duties as a driver for Republic Services waste and recycling company. After a landfill spotter told Enriquez where to take the load of waste in his truck, the driver proceeded to the spot where he was told to go and parked his truck. After exiting the vehicle, Enriquez began to ready his truck to dump the trash inside. As he was doing so, the operator of a landfill bulldozer that was pushing a large pile of debris hit Enriquez from behind, knocking him to the ground.

Enriquez was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, where doctors treated him for shoulder, back, hip, and knee injuries. Enriquez underwent two surgeries to repair the injuries to both of his knees, but has still been unable to work since his accident.

According to the lawsuit filed by Enriquez’s attorney, both the spotter and bulldozer driver involved in the accident were careless both for pushing the load of trash onto Enriquez and for directing him into a dangerous area without alerting other drivers that would be in the area. These careless actions on the part of the city employees amounts to negligence on the part of the City of Dallas, the attorney argued.

Dallas officials met with Enriquez’s attorney as part of a court-ordered mediation session in anticipation of a scheduled November 2015 trial date. The Dallas City Council recently approved the $215,000 settlement agreement that was reached during the mediation to cover Enriquez’s medical costs and other expenses.

Texas Workplace Accidents and Personal Injury Lawsuit

Workers in the state of Texas face a high risk of accidents, a reality that has gone largely unchanged for decades owing to the state’s lax workplace safety regulations. According to a report published in September 2012, Texas has the highest rate of workplace fatalities in the nation, accounting for one in ten deaths on-the-job during 2010. A total of 82 out of the 461 Texas workplace deaths that occurred in 2010 happened in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Workers in both in Texas and across the nation have a right to perform their job duties in a reasonably safe environment. When private companies or public entities fail to ensure that working conditions for their employees are safe, they can be held accountable for the injuries resulting from their negligence. The first step to securing the compensation to which you are entitled is to enlist the help of an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process of filing a workplace accident lawsuit.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson, have tried hundreds of personal injury cases to verdict and settled hundreds of additional claims. Our law firm has the financial resources to handle personal injury cases—including those involving accidents in the workplace—from start to finish. In many instances, we have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to take a case to trial on behalf of our client. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we are committed to achieving justice for our clients, whatever the cost.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a workplace accident—or if your friend or loved one was hurt or killed on the job—contact Heygood, Orr & Pearson to learn more about your legal rights. For a free legal consultation, please call us toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also follow the link to our free case evaluation form and answer a few simple questions about your case to get started.

by Jay Pate

John “Jay” Pate is a licensed attorney who focuses his practice on complex tort litigation involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability cases.