Court awards injured truck driver $1.1m

Truck driver left with lasting physical and emotional injuries after a van collided with his rig

Court awards injured truck driver $1.1m
Court awards injured truck driver $1.1m
By Brad Gardner | November 20, 2013

A truck driver left with debilitating injuries in the wake of a fatal head-on collision has been awarded $1.1 million in damages.

Kenneth Caterson suffered chest, neck, shoulder and spinal injuries and depression after a van crossed onto the wrong side of the road and hit his truck in June 2008.

District Court of New South Wales Judge Leonard Levy says Caterson continues to suffer from ongoing pain in his neck and spine, has feelings of pins and needles in his left hand, suffers from dizziness and has difficulty standing and walking for extended periods.

"The plaintiff’s ongoing physical disabilities preclude him from engaging in sustained physical activities of the kind he undertook before his injury. This includes a wide range of domestic and home maintenance tasks," Levy says

He says prior to the accident Caterson would wash clothes, clean and take care of all the outdoor gardening, lawns and maintenance around the home.

"Since the accident, he has only been able to carry out minor tasks, such as dusting. His wife and one of his sons do the domestic work he used to do."

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