Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth on Wednesday set a trial date in a delivery driver's lawsuit against Gateway Regional Medical Center.

Douglas Luksza Jr. claims he was attempting to deliver a package on behalf of Delivery Logistics to Granite City Illinois Hospital Co. doing business as Gateway on Jan. 14, 2010 when he sustained injuries to his neck, head, back and shoulders after a leveler collapsed while he was standing on it.

Ruth set the trial date for Sept. 4. He ordered Luksza to identify retained expert witnesses by March 1, and ordered the plaintiff's expert witnesses to be deposed by March 30.

In addition to his injuries, Luksza claims he suffered pain and mental anguish, lost income and has been unable to return to his normal life duties.

His wife, Brenda Luksza, claims she lost her husband's love, society, companionship, affection, consortium, support and services.

Gateway Regional Medical Center claims that the plaintiff's injuries were his own fault.

Ruth ordered Gateway to reveal its retained expert witnesses by April 30 and then ordered the defendants' retained expert witnesses to be deposed by May 30.

Keith Short and Noel L. Smith Jr. of Hazlett and Short in Shiloh represent Luksza Jr.

Richard Behr of Behr, McCarter & Potter represents the defendant.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-598.

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