A couple has filed a personal injury suit against four companies and an employee of the companies, claiming that the husband sustained serious personal injuries after their vehicle was struck by the employee’s vehicle.
According to the suit filed on January 8 in Illinois’ Madison County Circuit Court, Robert E. Engelmann had stopped for traffic on January 8, 2007 when the accident took place.
At that time, Norman L. Cambron, who was working for Tri-Lab, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, Laboratory Corporation of America, and Health Ventures of Southern Illinois, was driving a vehicle behind Engelmann when he collided with the rear of Engelmann’s vehicle.
Engelmann claims that the accident caused him to become sick, sore, lame, disordered, and disabled, experience pain and suffering, and incur substantial medical costs.
Engelmann’s wife, Betty J. Engelmann, claims to have lost the society, companionship, love, affection, support, and valuable services of her husband.
The suit alleges negligence on the part of Cambron for failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, driving too fast, following too closely, failure to maintain a proper lookout, and violation of statutory rules. The suit also alleges that Cambron negligently drove in a willful and wanton fashion, failed to properly apply his brakes, and drove his vehicle without adequate brakes.
The suit claims that Tri-Lab, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, Laboratory Corporation of America, and Health Ventures of Southern Illinois were negligent through Cambron and owed the public a duty of ordinary care in the operation of their vehicles.
The Engelmanns seek damages in excess of $800,000, plus costs, from the 16-count suit.