An employee of an Arcadia-based trucking company is suing his employer, alleging he was forced to wait a week to get medical help after being seriously hurt in a traffic accident in Tennessee that he claims was caused by his boss.
Dajin Tang, 52, filed the negligence lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Millennium Trucking Co. and his supervisor, Xu Chen. He is seeking unspecified damages.
A woman who answered the phone at the company said Monday there was no one immediately available to comment.
According to the lawsuit, Tang and Chen were taking shifts driving a Millenium big rig. About 2:15 a.m. last June 9 near Rockwood, Tennessee, Tang was asleep in the sleeper section of the truck with his seat belt on when Chen allegedly failed to complete a turn properly and hit a guard rail. The truck careened back onto the highway, overturned onto its right side and was struck by an oncoming tractor-trailer rig that pushed it several hundred feet down the road, the suit says.
Tang was awakened by the crash and “immediately suffered a total body impact, including a serious impact to his head,” his lawsuit states.
Chen called the company’s owner in California and informed him of the wreck, and the owner “instructed Chen to get back to California and told him ‘We’ll handle this,”” the suit alleges.
When Tang tried to get into an ambulance summoned by paramedics, Chen pulled him out and said, “You don’t have to go to the hospital; we’ll handle this in California,” the suit alleges.
Tang finally received medical care in California seven days after the crash and was told he “sustained injuries to the majority of his body and a significant brain injury,” according to his lawsuit.
A Tennessee state trooper who investigated the accident concluded that Chen violated state law, the suit alleges.
— City News Service