Inspector blames San Francisco engineering firm for injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — An inspector for the Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI) is suing a San Francisco engineering  business, alleging negligence caused injuries to the plaintiff.

Kenneth Castaneda filed a complaint March 5 in San Francisco County Superior Court against Precision Engineering Inc., Terry Lynn Ohman and Does 1-25, alleging they failed to follow applicable safety guidelines and regulations.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 14, 2018, Castaneda was at a job site on Van Ness Avenue  in San Francisco where Precision Engineering was repairing underground pipes. The suit says Ohman smashed a dump truck into Castaneda and dragged him under the truck. 

The lawsuit states Castaneda sustained a broken hip, fractures to the spine, rib cage and leg, injuries to the head, pain and suffering, and incurred medical expenses as a result of the defendants' negligence.  

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to maintain and operate their vehicles and equipment, failed to ensure that it employed competent drivers and failed to comply with safety laws and regulations.

Castaneda seeks trial by jury, general and special damages, interest, costs of suit and all further relief the court deems just. He is represented by attorney Ashwin Ladva of Ladva Law Firm in San Francisco.

San Francisco County Superior Court case number CGC-18-564759

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