At around midnight on Friday, June 8th, 48-year-old Arturo Cuellar was killed in an accident involving a semi at his place of work in Carlsbad. An employee in the shipping and receiving department of Kellog Avenue flower retailer FlorExpo, Cuellar opened the rolling door of a semi that had just arrived at the store to help unload a delivery. When he stepped to the edge of the dock, the truck suddenly backed up, the trailer’s rear doors hitting him in the head. He fell to the ground, knocking the back of his head on the pavement. Paramedics were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead at about 12:40 a.m.
“After a fatal accident, the at-fault party may be held liable for the victim’s family’s loss,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis. “In many cases, the family will file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded a total of 4,690 fatal work injuries in 2010, the second lowest annual total since the fatal injury census was first conducted in 1992. Transportation and material moving occupations accounted for 1,160 of the fatalities that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Arturo Cuellar, the man killed in the work accident involving the semi.
U-T San Diego originally reported this Carlsbad accident.
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