Report: Illinois baggage handler files lawsuit against Leafs over ‘disabling injuries’

An Illinois baggage worker is suing the Maple Leafs due to injuries suffered while allegedly loading the team's charter last January. 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs’ troubles from a one-win January in 2015 apparently have not ended. According to a report from the Toronto Star, an Illinois baggage handler is suing Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment — the company which owns the Leafs — due to injuries suffered while allegedly loading the Leafs’ team charter following a game against the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 17, 2015.

According to the report from the Star, Kenneth Osborne, a worker for Jet Aviation, was inside the Leafs’ charter planning how best to load the team’s gear when an unnamed Leafs employee turned a conveyor belt loader up to full speed without permission, causing a crate to hit Osborne in the right shoulder and injure him.

Via the Toronto Star:

Matthew R. Chapman, the lawyer representing Osborne, said Monday that his client has required “a substantial rotator cuff repair,” as well as “substantial post-surgery physical therapy, with medical bills with an approximate figure of about $100,000.”

Osborne’s suit was filed on Jan. 8 of this year in St. Clair County, Illinois. The Star reported that Osborne’s employers accommodated Osborne’s necessity for "light duty" following the injury, but the suit claims Osborne has "severe and permanent disabling injuries" due to the incident. The suit also claims the Leafs employee repeatedly attempted to handle the belt loader lever despite at least one warning not to interfere. 

An MLSE spokesman declined to comment about the matter to the Star but said in an email to the paper that a lawsuit had not yet been served to MLSE.