Adelaida Anderson operated a standup forklift at a FedEx warehouse in Effingham, Ill. While pulling a load in July 2017, she hit a bump and fell out of the forklift onto the floor. The forklift continued moving and ran over her leg and seriously injured her; eventually her leg had to be amputated.
Anderson brought a diversity suit against the forklift’s manufacturer, The Raymond Corp., alleging that the forklift was negligently designed. The jury trial ended in a verdict in favor of defendant Raymond.
Anderson appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Southern District of Illinois.