Jury Awards $6.65 Million In Wrongful Death Suit
The widow of John Bruce filed a wrongful death suit against a CAV International Inc. The jury awarded plaintiff $6.65 million for the wrongful death of her husband.
CAV International contracted with the department of defense to provide Air Terminal and Ground handling services on behalf of Air Mobility Command at the Kuwait International Airport/Abdullah Mubarak Airbase in Kuwait.
In October 2009, Bruce worked for United Airlines as a ramp serviceman. Bruce was on a raised belt loader unloading cargo from a 747, when a CAV employee moved the belt loader, causing Bruce to fall 12 feet. As a result of the fall, Bruce suffered a significant brain injury, which required surgery. After surgery Doctors declared him brain dead and placed him on life support. Six days later doctors removed him from life support and he unfortunately passed.
At trial Bruce’s family proved that CAV was negligent for properly training or supervising its employee who moved the belt loader. The employee who moved the loader was distracted and speaking to others when he moved the loader. He did not check to see if Bruce was still on prior to moving it.