Coca-Cola Ordered to Pay $24 Million to Injured Woman
Does your company have a strict policy against workers engaging in distractions such as talking or texting on cell phones while they are on the job? Is it enforced?
If not, the consequences can be unbelievably costly, as a recent case involving a Coca-Cola employee clearly illustrates.
A jury in Corpus Christi, TX, has awarded $24 million in damages to Vanice Chatman-Wilson, a 37-year-old woman whose car was struck by a vehicle driven by Coca-Cola sales employee Araceli Vanessa Cabral.
Cabral, 30, had been talking on a hands-free device at the time of the crash. Her vehicle, which was making a left-hand turn, struck the driver’s side of Chatman
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Chatman-Wilson suffered back and neck pain and underwent surgery following the 2010 collision in Corpus Christi, TX.
The beverage company says it will be appealing the settlement.