Kyle Barnett Feb. 19, 2014, 8:09pm

GRETNA – An employee working in the shipping department of a local warehouse owned by Coca-Cola has filed a lawsuit against a the owner of a semi trailer after he was allegedly injured when his leg fell though a hole in the trailer floor.

William Jackson Jr. filed suit against IFCO Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Feb. 7.

Jackson alleges that he was using a pallet jack to load a truck at the Coca-Cola plant located on Citrus Road in Jefferson when the wheel of his pallet jack fell into a hole of a semi truck trailer owned by IFCO. The plaintiff claims that after he righted the pallets on the jack he slipped into the same hole. Jackson asserts that he received serious injuries to his hand, arm, leg, back and neck in the incident.

The defendant is accused of failing to maintain the floor of the trailer, failing to provide preventative maintenance, failing to maintain the trailer in question, failing to warn the plaintiff of the hazard, failing to properly train and evaluate employees and failing to prevent injury.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medical expenses, earning impairment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, distress, loss of life’s pleasures, loss of enjoyment and permanent physical injury.

Jackson is represented by Scott W. McQuaig of Metairie-based McQuaig & Associates LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division P Judge Lee V. Faulkner Jr.

Case no. 735-339.

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