Couple's lawsuit blames driver of fire truck for injury accident

By Robert Hadley | May 16, 2016

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County couple's lawsuit targets the city of Charleston and a firefighter for an accident that allegedly left the husband severely injured.

Louis and Joyce Farris filed a lawsuit April 13 in Kanawha Circuit Court against the city of Charleston and Joseph Schafer, alleging negligence and loss of consortium.

According to the complaint, as Louis Farris crossed the intersection of Seventh and 26th streets in Charleston on Sept. 17, 2014, he was struck by a city of Charleston fire truck Schafer was operating. The suit says a crash report filled out at the time of the accident acknowledges that Schafer ran a red light, causing the accident. Farris’s injuries included rib fractures, a collapsed lung, cuts, bruises and a broken right leg.

The plaintiffs seek a jury trial, compensatory damages for past and future medical expenses, interest, and litigation costs. They are represented by attorney Truman C. Griffith of Warner Law Offices PLLC in Charleston.

Judge Tod J. Kaufman is assigned to the case.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-559

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