DERBY - A Superior Court jury has awarded a Shelton man $1.6 million for injuries he suffered when he was injured at a Sears warehouse in 2014.
The six-member jury deliberated a little more than an hour on Friday before finding that Sears was responsible for the injuries sustained by Kevin Reid.
My client's life has been so impacted by his injury, and therefore he is very grateful for this verdict,” said Reid’s lawyer, George Ganim Jr. “We want to thank our jury for their careful and thoughtful deliberations.”
Representatives of Sears did not return calls for comment.
Reid was an independent contractor who delivered appliances for Sears, according to the lawsuit. On May 22, 2014 at about 6:30 a.m., he arrived at the Sears warehouse in Albany, N.Y. to pick up the merchandise he was scheduled to deliver that day.
While in the Sears warehouse Reid was struck from behind by a fork lift operated by Sears employee Clint Whit, the suit states. Whit was improperly operating the fork lift with his vision obstructed by a refrigerator he was carrying on the forklift.
The refrigerator landed on Reid’s ankle, causing serious injury.
As a result, the suit states Reid underwent two failed surgeries to his left ankle and is left with a permanent injury.
During the trial Sears operation manager for the warehouse, Timothy Mosher, testified Whit was improperly operating the forklift in violation of safety rules. Mosher said Whit should have been driving the clamp truck backward so that he could safely see where he was going at the time. The trial included the testimony of doctor Allen Ferrucci of Connecticut Orthopedic Specialists who said Reid suffered a permanent injury to his left ankle and thus would not be able to return to his job delivering appliances.