Lauderdale County jury awards injured truck driver $925,000


VALLEJO, CA – MARCH 12: A customer leaves a Dollar General store on March 12, 2015 in Vallejo, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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FLORENCE, Ala (WHNT) —  A Lauderdale County jury has awarded a Kentucky man $925,000 in a lawsuit against Dollar General stemming from an incident in Florence.

Howard Luttrell, a truck driver, was injured in February 2011 after transporting a truckload of goods from a distribution center Scottsville, Ky. to a Dollar General store in Florence.

Luttrell was injured after the store manager cut the seal on the trailer’s door, as required by Dollar General policy, said Joe King, a Huntsville-based attorney who represented Luttrell.

Luttrell then opened the trailer door and was injured by plastic bins weighing more than 50 pounds that fell on him. He suffered injuries to his neck and shoulders. The jury award was for compensatory damages. The defendant was Dolgencorp LLC.

Luttrell has been unable to work since the incident, his attorneys said.

“We are very grateful for the attention the jury paid to the facts, and we are very grateful for Mr. Luttrell, whose life will never be the same,” King said.

He was represented by King and Joey Aiello, both of Morris, King & Hodge in Huntsville and Albert Trousdale of Trousdale Ryan in Florence.

The trial began April 11 and the verdict was handed down Friday afternoon.