Woman allegedly hit by tractor in Ohio's Hall of Fame parade sues

Kyle Barnett Sep. 26, 2012, 1:00am

Timothy S. Madden

GRETNA – A Jefferson Parish woman is suing a tractor operator and her employer for injuries she allegedly received in a parade collision.

Candice Schloegel filed suit against Emily K. Gustafson, Expo Designers Co. Inc. and First Merchants Insurance Group in the 24th Judicial District Court on Aug. 6.

Schloegel claims she was participating in the Hall of Fame Parade in Canton, Ohio and she was approaching one of the floats to place an item on it when a float-pulling tractor driven by Gustafson pulled forward into her and she fell to the ground.

The plaintiff asserts she was seriously injured in the incident including receiving injuries to her left hip, right knee, left ankle, neck, back, spine, lower extremities, arms and hands, facial abrasions as well as mental pain and suffering.

Gustafson was allegedly employed by Expo Designers at the time of the incident.

The filing states that the 24th Judicial District is the proper court for the case because the plaintiff is domiciled in Jefferson Parish, La. where she suffered damages and losses.

The defendant is accused of failure to yield, failure to see what she should have seen, failure to keep a good and careful lookout, failure to maintain reasonable and proper control of the tractor, operating the tractor at a speed greater than was reasonable and operating the tractor in careless and reckless manner.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, medical expenses and loss of earnings.

Schloegel is represented by Timothy S. Madden of New Orleans-based King, Krebs & Jurgens, PLLC.

The case has been assigned to Division J Judge Stephen J. Windhorst.

Case no. 717-854.

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