A man who was struck in the back and neck by a bundle of steel rods is suing Central Steel and Wire Co. in Madison County Circuit Court.

William D. Harris, an independent contractor, claims that while Central Steel employees were loading flat sheet steel and bundles of steel rods onto his flatbed truck on Jan. 20, 2006, "Defendant dropped the bundle of steel rods...causing another bundle to roll off, hit the Plaintiff in the back and neck and shoved the Plaintiff underneath the trailer."

According to the complaint filed Jan. 17, Harris has suffered permanent injuries, including but not limited to his head, neck and back, and the bones, discs, nerves and soft tissues thereof.

He claims he has experienced pain, suffering, disability, loss of a normal life, and has incurred medical expenses and wage loss.

Represented by Edward J. Szewczyk of Callis, Papa, Hale, Szewczyk & Danzinger of Granite City, Harris is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages.

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