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Blackshear - Photo of Boom Tractor

Blackshear v. Centennial Contractors, Inc. – $972,000 Jury Verdict

About the case

On April 7, 2003, while 35-foot, 800-pound steel beams were being delivered to Centennial at a construction site at Fort Lewis, Washington, one of the beams fell off a forklift and landed on Phillip Blackshear’s right leg, pinning him against a stack of beams of the same size, where he remained for some time before the beam could be removed. He sustained serious injuries, requiring multiple surgeries from 2003 through September 2005, and has never returned to work. On March 29, 2004, Phillip and Monica, his wife, filed a complaint for damages, asserting permanent disability negligently caused by Centennial.

Another claim was brought for the children of Phillip Blackshear, which was appealed to the Washington State Supreme Court.

Watch Attorney Darrell Cochran argue this case in front of the Supreme Court


  • Jury Verdict: $972,000

Cause Number

  • Pierce County, No. 06-2-06743-1


  • Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc.


Serious Injury Patient on StretcherPeople working in a group