Louisiana Man Files Suit Over Alleged Lower Back Injury

A Louisiana man is suing after he injured his lower back on the job.A Louisiana drywall installer has filed a personal injury lawsuit against his employer after he hurt his back while carrying a heavy wooden pallet while on the job, according to The Louisiana Record.

Joseph W. Brown Jr. filed the lawsuit against McDermott Inc. in a New Orleans federal court. The suit states the incident occurred last November when the plaintiff was assigned to carry the pallets, containing sheets of drywall, along the entryway of a large structure being constructed at the McDermott fabrication yard, the news source reports.

Brown claims the pallets weighed approximately 200 pounds and he was injured when a coworker stumbled as they carried one, forcing the entire weight of the pallet onto his lower back. The plaintiff's back was hurt from the incident, according to the suit, although the source did not specify the extent of the injury.

The defendant is accused of multiple charges, including negligence for failing to provide workers with a safe workplace, failing to properly supervise the activities and failing to properly train workers. Brown is reportedly seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, mental pain, suffering and anguish and loss of future earning capacity, among others.

Americans spend at least $50 billion a year treating lower back pain, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and the second most common neurological ailment in the U.S. aside from headaches.