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New Jersey Based Mattress Manufacturer, Dream Well, Reaches $1M Settlement with Catastrophically Injured Victim of Negligence

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New Jersey Based Mattress Manufacturer, Dream Well, Reaches $1M Settlement with Catastrophically Injured Victim of Negligence

PHILADELPHIA, PA – April 28, 2016

Last Tuesday, Dream Well, a mattress manufacturer based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, agreed to pay Juan Rosado, a former delivery truck driver, $1 Million to compensate Rosado for injuries and damages he suffered after his foot was run over by a forklift operator employed by Dream Well in 2012. The settlement agreement was reached just as jury selection for trial was to begin.

On January 4, 2012, Rosado was supervising the unloading process of his truck on Dream Well’s loading dock when forklift operator, Marco Antonio, ran over Mr. Rosado’s foot, fracturing multiple bones. Antonio then reversed the forklift, “de-gloving” skin and tissue from Rosado’s leg, ankle, and foot. These injuries required multiple hospitalizations and surgeries to repair the fractures and to graft skin onto the foot and ankle, therapeutic treatments, and the ultimate amputation of the toes on Rosado’s right foot.

In the lawsuit, Mr. Rosado claimed that Dream Well was negligent in failing to provide safety training and instructions to Antonio or any other forklift operator employed by the company, and in failing to establish policies and procedures for the safe loading and unloading of trucks at its facility. Mr. Rosado also maintained that Dream Well is vicariously liable for the negligent operation of the forklift truck by its employee Marco Antonio, who operated the forklift while using a cellphone and failed to keep lookout for other persons in the loading area.

The client was represented in the Superior Court of New Jersey – Middlesex County by co-counsel Richard J. Heleniak and Jenimae Almquist of Messa & Associates, P.C. Mr. Heleniak has over 35 years of experience in representing individuals who are seriously injured as a result of medical malpractice, defective products, construction accidents and nursing home negligence. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Camden County Bar Association. Jenimae Almquist concentrates her practice in complex personal injury litigation, representing victims of catastrophic accidents, explosions, medical malpractice and pharmaceutical products liability, as well as burn victims and individuals who have been harmed by defective products. Additionally, she is fluent in Spanish and handles cases on behalf of Spanish-speaking clients.

For more information, please contact Angela Leone at 215-568-3500 or aleone@messalaw.com.

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