Eye injuries claimed from forklift incident

Steve Gonzalez Apr. 24, 2007, 6:00am

A Wood River woman who claims she was injured when a hose on a forklift broke filed a personal injury suit against Yale Materials Handling Gammon Inc. and General Electric Capital in Madison County Circuit Court April 17.

Tracy Dudley claims she was injured while working at Yale's warehouse in Granite City on July 20, 2005.

She claims Yale carelessly and negligently failed to exercise due care by failing to provide proper routine maintenance to the forklift, failed to keep a record or log of the maintenance performed on the forklift and failed to inspect the forklift for defects or deterioration.

Dudley claims while operating the forklift a hose on the forklift broke causing a chemical fluid to spray in her eyes.

Dudley claims her eye injuries have caused her to suffer great pain and mental anguish and have also caused her to incur medical expenses for the treatment of her alleged injuries.

Represented by Kevin Hoerner of Belleville, Dudley is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs of the suit.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Daniel Stack.

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