Actor Tracy Morgan is in for a big legal battle, and perhaps one that’s bigger than anything he might have expected. The actor and comedian is absolutely livid that Wal-Mart is blaming him for the injuries he sustained when one of their trucks crashed into his limo and severely injured him.
Morgan’s attorneys are saying that the injuries may harm his ability to perform stand-up comedy in the future, and they are expecting Wal-Mart to pay big.
“He’s very upset,” Attorney Benedict Morelli told the Daily News.
“He’s struggling every day, fighting hard just to get incrementally better, and they hit him with this.”
Morgan isn’t being silent after what he’s seen in court: “After I heard what Wal-Mart said in court I felt I had to speak out. I can’t believe Wal-Mart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong.”
Wal-Mart is saying that Morgan, along with his injured friends, Jeffrey Millea and Ardley Fuqua, caused their own injuries by not wearing a seatbelt, which is in violation of New Jersey law.
The retail giant is claiming that their injuries were “if any, were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt device.”
It appears that the company is playing hardball in this lawsuit. Wal-Mart has a reputation of putting the legal wrangles on consumers who sue. Just recently, a black man was killed by police in one of their stores, and the company is fighting that legal liability as well.
Morelli called Wal-Mart’s arguments responding to the negligence suit he filed on behalf of the victims “callous” and “disingenuous.”
“Seatbelts had nothing to do with it,” the lawyer said.
He noted that Morgan’s limousine bus was “at a dead stop” because of road work June 7 when “it was hit in the rear by a tractor-trailer going 65 miles per hour.”