Driver settles forklift suit for $1.25M

Driver settles forklift suit for $1.25M

NEWARK, N.J. -- A truck driver who claimed to have suffered permanent facial injuries in a forklift accident has agreed to a $1.25 million settlement.

According to the New Jersey Law Journal, Diego Jaramillo, 39, was unloading his truck at a Whitehurst & Clark warehouse in Edison in January 2003 when a pallet loaded with boxes fell onto him from a forklift. He claimed the forklift driver lacked proper training and was negligent for lifting two stacked pallets at once.

Jaramillo suffered fractures of the jaw, nose and bones surrounding his right eye, leaving him with a sunken right cheek and a crooked nose. The parties settled on April 30 after a conference with Essex County Superior Court Judge James Rothschild Jr.