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Wood v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

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Court: Utah Supreme Court

Citation: 2021 UT 49

Opinion Date: August 19, 2021

Judge: Pearce

Areas of Law: Personal Injury

In this personal injury action, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to the United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) and concluding that the negligence of KNS International, LLC was a superseding cause of Plaintiff’s injury, holding that summary judgment was appropriate.

Stuart Wood, a truck driver, was picking up packages from a KNS warehouse when a heavy vinyl curtain fell from the loading bay door above Wood’s head and hit him, causing serious injuries. The curtain had been jarred loose after an accident that had occurred one week early when a UPS truck had backed into the loading bay and struck the building. Wood and his wife filed suit against KNS and UPS. The district court granted summary judgment for UPS. The court of appeals affirmed, concluding that UPS owed Wood no duty by the time he was injured. The Supreme Court affirmed on different grounds, holding that summary judgment was appropriate because KNS’s actions were a superseding cause of Wood’s injury.

This case law update is brought to you by Freeway Law auto accident and personal injury lawyers in Orange County. The following is not one of our cases, but it is of some significance, and we thought we should share it with our readers for informational purposes. The information above is for informational purposes only and not to be construed as legal advice.

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