Trucker files suit, lost leg to frostbite

LISBON — A Martinsburg, W.Va., couple are suing the trucking company he drove for after he suffered frostbite sleeping in the cab of the semi truck a year ago.

In a case filed last week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court, David and Belinda Lawton, Martinsburg, W.Va., are seeking compensation and punitive damages for alleged pain for his injuries and lost wages now and in the future.

According to the lawsuit, David Lawton was driving for Hogan Personnel LLC on Feb. 1, 2018, when he was attempting to make a delivery to the Homeworth area Dollar General, but no one was at the store available to accept the delivery until the next morning.

Someone from the trucking company, based out of St. Louis, Mo., told Lawton to sleep in the sleeper cab of his semi. The company was reportedly aware the truck had some serious mechanical issues, including an improperly working heater.

Sometime overnight, Lawton allegedly suffered frostbite, which ultimately resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee.

The civil lawsuit was filed by attorney Eric W. Tayfel of Cleveland.



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