Crane company hit with another injury lawsuit

By Cara Bailey | Oct 29, 2008

CHARLESTON - Another suit has been filed against a St. Albans crane company after one of their employees suffered serious injuries on the job.

Kevin Wiggins of Winfield filed a suit Sept. 18 in Kanawha Circuit Court against All Crane and Equipment Rental Corporation. The suit also names All Erection and Crane Rental Corporation and Chad Shamblin as defendants.

This is the second suit filed against All Crane in a month. Shannon Jones filed a suit after he was injured when he was crushed during a load-bearing test.

According to the suit filed by Wiggins, he suffered a catastrophic fall as a result of a truck's broken catwalk and inoperable lights at All Crane's St. Albans facility on Sept. 20, 2006.

He sustained serious and grievous bodily injuries, the suit says.

On March 13, 2007, six months after his fall, Wiggins returned to work to attempt light duty. Due to his permanent and severe injuries, and the work he was asked to do, he was unable to perform the work assigned to him, the suit says. He was sent home.

According to the suit, Chad Shamblin called and left a message at his home, telling him he was dismissed. When Wiggins called back, he claims Shamblin cursed, taunted and laughed at him about his dire situation.

In the six-count suit, Wiggins claims he suffered permanent injuries, loss of wages, loss of capacity to earn, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and disfigurement.

Wiggins seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

Attorney S. Brooks West III is representing Wiggins. The case has been assigned to Judge Tod Kaufman.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 08-C-1805

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