Plaintiff was a Teamster truck driver working for Greyhound Expo Services delivering and unloading materials for tradeshows at Moscone Center. While returning to his truck, the plaintiff descended a Ladder that suddenly broke as the plaintiff was descending it. He fell backwards on the concrete floor, injuring his neck and back. Plaintiff claimed he sustained permanent spinal injuries with nerve pain and that he will need lifelong pain management. Experts opined that the plaintiff will never be able to return to his former work as a truck driver. Plaintiff sued his employer, SMG. Plaintiff alleged that SMG knew the ladder had been subject to repeated damage by trucks, but did not maintain any regular scheduled inspections for the ladder.
Eustace de Saint Phalle