USPS failed to hear claims for injury from mail truck collision, suit says

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 8, 2017

LAFAYETTE — A couple is suing the U.S. government through the U.S. Postal Service, and Clara Tyler Jeanbaptiste, a USPS employee, citing alleged denial of claims for injuries the husband suffered during a traffic collision with a mail truck.

Andrew Joseph Bourque and Lynn Bourque, both individually and on behalf of their minor child, filed a complaint on March 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Lafayette/Opelousas Division against the defendants alleging that defendant USPS failed to comply with the Federal Tort Claims Act. The case stems from an accident in which JeanBaptiste, driving a mail truck, collided with Andrew Bourque while he was on his motorcycle in New Iberia.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that, on Sept. 12, 2016, they submitted satisfactory proof of claims to defendant USPS for injuries sustained by plaintiff Andrew Bourque due to an accident caused by its employee, defendant JeanBaptiste. Plaintiff Lynn Bourque suffered loss of consortium, society and services of her husband. The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because defendant USPS allegedly has made no effort to adjust or even deny plaintiff's claims.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek damages in an amount deemed fair and reasonable, interest, costs of these proceedings and all general, equitable and/or declaratory relief to which they are entitled. They are represented by Joseph R. Joy III of Joseph Joy & Associates in Lafayette.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Lafayette/Opelousas Division Case number 6:17-cv-00407

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