Quality Carriers truck driver alleges unsafe working condition caused fall, arm injury

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 3, 2019

BECKLEY – A Raleigh County man alleges an unsafe working condition caused him to fall and injure his arm.

Thomas Matthew Young and Leigh Anderia Coleman-Young filed a complaint in Raleigh Circuit Court against Quality Carriers Inc. and Kevin Hedgepath alleging unsafe working conditions.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 29, 2017, Thomas Young was employed by Quality Carriers and was driving a Kenworth tractor in Cour d'Alene, Idaho. The suit states he was stopped by the Idaho Department of Transportation for a Level 1 inspection. The plaintiff alleges he was asked to unhook the airline and pigtail from the tractor to trailer, was cleared by the officer, and fell and was injured while he was hooking up the lines. 

The plaintiff alleges the fall was caused by the defendant's requirement for him to use a high-profile truck without an appropriate handhold.

Thomas Young alleges he needed two surgeries for his injuries and has chronic pain.

The plaintiffs are seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiffs are represented by Richard Neely of Neely & Callaghan in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Andrew Dimlich.

Raleigh Circuit Court case number 19-C-76-D

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