A suburban Philadelphia man is suing a Maryland business over claims he sustained head injuries and completely lost his sense of smell following a chain reaction accident triggered by items that fell off of the back of a landscaping truck.
Martin Blum, who lives in Jenkintown, Montgomery County, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Dec. 18 against Joppa, MD-based Akehurst Landscaping Services Inc. over an incident that took place on Jan. 16, 2012, near mile marker 70 on Interstate 95 in Baltimore County, Maryland.
Blum was driving his car southbound along the highway, on his way to a business meeting in North Carolina, when a truck driven by Michael Buell, an employee of the defendant, lost its cargo, an act that caused a multiple car collision along the roadway, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit says that the defendant failed to adequately secure its load of wheelbarrows and other landscaping tools, causing the items to be ejected from the bed of the truck and land on the highway, which triggered the multi-vehicle accident.
The plaintiff alleges he was seriously injured as a result of the incident.
He says he sustained a cerebral concussion, post-concussion syndrome, and vertigo, as well as a complete loss of the sense of smell, as well as other physical and emotional injuries.
The plaintiff claims he sustained earnings losses due to his inability to work following the accident.
Blum seeks more than $75,000 in damages.
He is being represented by Philadelphia attorney Richard K. Hohn of the firm Hohn & Scheuerle.
The federal case number is 2:13-cv-07410-TON.