STATE COURT OF FULTON COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA, WILLIE TAYLOR v. RECOVERY TECHNOLOGIES GROUP OF GEORGIA, INC.
At the time of the incident, Plaintiff was a customer of Defendant and therefore was a business invitee on Defendant’s premises. While unloading tires onto a conveyor belt for Defendant on Defendant’s premises; Plaintiff’s foot became caught in a negligently maintained conveyor belt. The condition of the conveyor belt constituted a hazardous working environment.
As a result of the incident, Plaintiff suffered several cuts on his foot, and incurred damages for medical treatment, lost wages and pain and suffering.
The emergency room sutured his wound and he was sent home on Percocet for pain and Keflex for infection. Defendant’s denied liability based on a claim that the conveyor belt pulley was open and obvious to customers and that Mr. Taylor should not have been standing on the conveyor in the first place. Plaintiff contended that the conveyor system was negligently maintained by the Defendants and created a dangerous condition which the Defendant knew of but failed to warn customers like Mr. Taylor.
Mr. Taylor’s medical bills totaled approximately twelve-thousand dollars ($12,000.00). The case settled before trial after mediation in the amount of one hundred twenty five thousand dollars ($125,000.00).