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Dump truck owner sued by workers’ compensation insurer over alleged injuries man suffered when struck by pipe

By Louisiana Record reports | Jan 8, 2015

Dump truck

GRETNA – A workers’ compensation insurer is suing a the owner of dump truck the claims is responsible for on the job injuries suffered by an employee of one of its customers.

Bridgefield Casualty Insurance Company filed suit against W.L. Guidry Truck and Dozer Service LLC in the 24th Judicial District Court on Oct. 23.

Bridgefield Casualty Insurance Company contends that it provided workers’ compensation coverage for RAMJ Construction LLC whose employee William Tate was unloading a dump truck owned by W.L. Guidry Truck and Dozer Service when a pipe holding a tarp down in the back of the truck came loose and struck him in the head. The plaintiff asserts Tate suffered injuries and damages covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Bridgefield Casualty Insurance Company claims it may be responsible for paying expenses for medical treatment for Tate related to the incident which it maintains was sued by W.L. Guidry Truck and Dozer Service.

The defendant is accused of failing to properly maintain the pipe that caused the injuries, failing to properly secure the pipe, failing to provide adequate warning and failing to take steps to avoid the incident in question.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for all benefits that may be required to paid in the future.

Bridgefield Casualty Insurance Company is represented by David T. Butler Jr. of Baton Rouge-based Funderbunk and Butler.

The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Michael P. Mentz.

Case no. 743-658.

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