GRETNA – A U-Haul store and one of its employees are being sued after allegedly injuring a customer after running a forklift into his car.

Quincy Helton filed suit against Repwest Insurance Company, U-Haul Co. of Louisiana, U-Haul Co. of Arizona, Amerco and Shawn Vernon in the 24th Judicial District Court on May 7.

Helton alleges he was at the U-Haul location at 4 Westbank Expressway in Gretna on Sept. 30, 2014 when a forklift driver, Vernon, employed by the defendants, ran into the rear of his vehicle. The plaintiff contends his car was damaged in the incident and that he suffered personal and debilitating injuries including to his head and neck.

The defendant is accused of operating a forklift in a negligent manner, failing to warn of the collision, operating a forklift at an excessive rate of speed, acting in a reckless and hazardous manner and failing to prevent the accident.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, disfigurement, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional anguish, disability and medical expenses.

Helton is represented by attorney David W. Bernberg of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division E Judge John J. Molaison Jr.

Case no. 749-557.

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