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Memorable Trucking Accident Case

Los Angeles, CA personal injury attorney Brian Needelman talks about a memorable trucking accident case that he handled.

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so we had a case where a
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truck driver fell asleep at the wheel
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and
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he ended up striking our clients car
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just
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crushing the car and our client
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became paralyzed so we work up the case
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against the truck driver
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and what quickly becomes apparent is
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that even though this truck driver has
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his own company and says he’s his own
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boss
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he’s not he works for a gigantic
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corporation
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and that corporation hired him through a
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smaller corporation
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which was wholly owned by the gigantic
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corporation and we worked at that case
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for four years
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and what we showed was that uh
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there was really a shell game going on
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and this corporation
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thought that if they hired this truck
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driver through a smaller llc
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and if that llc claimed the truck driver
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as an independent contractor
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they’d save money they wouldn’t have to
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make sure that he was making minimum
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wage at the end of a shift they wouldn’t
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have to provide him with gas they
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wouldn’t have to take care of his truck
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they wouldn’t have to
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keep detailed logs themselves on if he
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was taking breaks
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working too many hours that kind of
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thing no one would ever say
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it’s okay to fall asleep at the wheel
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that truck driver obviously
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you know caused this accident by falling
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asleep at the wheel
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but this company what we found out over
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the course of those years
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was they contributed to that by
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classifying him
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misclassifying him as an independent
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contractor and
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taking all these steps to ensure that
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they could avoid accountability and that
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this truck driver
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had no choice but to work uh to the
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point of exhaustion had no choice
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but to work to the point of falling
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asleep at his wheel at three in the
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morning
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so we were able to do something called
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pierce the corporate veil
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and we were able to proceed with our
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claim against the company not just the
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driver
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and that ended up having a good result
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for our client a very good result for
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our client
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but it also just taught me how these
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large corporations these large companies
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like to take advantage of legal
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loopholes they like to take advantage of
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legal technicalities
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to put one over not just on people who
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should be considered their own employees
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but also the people those employees hurt
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