Outdoor products retailer Bass Pro Shops is based in Springfield, Missouri.
A Springfield semi-trailer driver is suing Bass Pro Shops claiming he was injured when freight loaded by the company fell and hit him on the head.
Robert Moore filed the lawsuit Thursday in state court against the Springfield-based outdoor retail giant, asking to be compensated for lost income and medical expenses.
The lawsuit says in August 2016, Moore went to pick up a trailer loaded by employees or agents of Bass Pro Shops and drove it to a Bass Pro Shops location in Tallahassee, Florida.
When Moore got to Florida, the lawsuit says Moore noticed that a load bar was dislodged and a palette had moved in the trailer.
The lawsuit says Moore asked Bass Pro employees to fix the palette and load bar, but they refused and told Moore it was his responsibility.
As Moore walked into the trailer, the lawsuit says a freight bin fell onto his head and neck.
Moore injured his head, neck and back and had to incur expenses for medical treatment and physical therapy, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges the incident was caused by Bass Pro’s negligence in improperly loading the trailer, using a defective load bar and not properly wrapping the freight.
A Bass Pro Shops spokesperson said the company is proud of its commitment to safety but it does not comment on pending litigation.
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