Portland Law Firm, Susak & Powell, Appeals Circuit Court Ruling on Behalf of Oregon Workers Injured in Job Site Accidents

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Firm undertakes appeal after two clients badly injured in scissor lift accident are denied relief by court under Oregon Employers Liability Act

“This case is a clear example of why it’s essential that we have in place specific controls on job sites and enforce safety regulations where potentially dangerous work is involved,” said Gary Susak, president of Susak & Powell, and the lead attorney.

Portland, Oregon personal injury lawyers from the law firm of Susak & Powell, P.C., have filed an appeal of a recent Circuit Court ruling that denied two Oregon men of the ability to pursue compensation for serious injuries they suffered in a 2007 job site accident.

The Lincoln County Circuit Court decision in the case, Stanfield et al v. JLG Industries et al (Appellate Court Case No. A147723), denied relief to the plaintiff under the Oregon Employers Liability Act. The case stemmed from an accident that occurred on August 25, 2007, when Stephen Stanfield, Jr. and James MacDonald were working on a scissor lift at a job site for Coastal Fibre, Inc., an Oregon manufacturing company. The scissor lift tipped over, resulting in serious injuries to both men, leaving them unable to work for the foreseeable future.

The legal team from Susak & Powell contends that the defendants – which also include JLG Industries, the manufacturer of the scissor lift, and Newport Rental Service, the company that leased the lift for the job – had reason to know that the scissor lift was inappropriate for the working environment and failed to inform the workers of the risks involved. They argued that all plaintiff requirements under the Oregon Employers Liability Act were met in order to pursue legal action.

Susak & Powell represents people who have suffered serious injuries as a result of the negligence of others. The firm, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary of practicing law in Portland, has from its inception specialized in personal injury, auto accident and wrongful death cases.

“This case is a clear example of why it’s essential that we have in place specific controls on job sites and enforce safety regulations where potentially dangerous work is involved,” said Gary Susak, president of Susak & Powell, and the lead attorney in the case. “We’re quite literally fighting for every Oregon worker in this appeal, asserting that employers have an obligation to compensate someone who is injured on the job as a result of someone else’s negligence.”

Susak & Powell represents clients throughout the state of Oregon and the Vancouver, Washington area who are seeking to recover individual losses from car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle/bicycle accidents, defective products, insurance claims disputes, wrongful death, and premises liability. Together, the firm’s attorneys have a combined experience of more than 100 years in personal injury law. For more information, please go to http://www.oregonaccidenthelpcenter.com.

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