$2,894,627.00 – Product Liability Trial
The Plaintiff was electrocuted by a coffee maker at his workplace. This resulted in recurring non-epileptic seizures which affected every aspect of his life. After more than two weeks in trial and hearing expert testimony from engineers, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists and other medical professionals, the jury came back with a Plaintiff’s verdict. This is the first known verdict of its kind against this major corporation for electrical shock from its product.
Confidential Settlement – Defective Chain
The Plaintiff purchased a welded chain from a major retail distributor. The chain was being used by Plaintiff to put tension on a tractor to help remove it from “sugar sand”. While using the chain, a weld broke and a portion of the chain whipped back, crashed through the cab of the tractor, ultimately hitting the Plaintiff in the face. He suffered facial lacerations, orbital injuries, broken facial bones, cracked teeth, and neck injuries. The distributor of the chain denied liability and forced suit to be filed. Multiple experts, including metallurgists and heavy equipment operators, were hired by both sides. The Plaintiff’s expert x-rayed the chain and determined that there were multiple incomplete “cold” welds. The case was heavily litigated and set for trial. Just a few weeks before trial, the defendant entered into a confidential settlement agreement.
Confidential Settlement – Exploding soda can
While shopping at a major retail store, a soda can being handled by the store clerk exploded in the Plaintiff’s face. This caused injuries to her eyes and orbit area. Attorney Derrick Connell settled the case prior to trial.
Confidential Settlement – Defective Clothes Dryer Switch
The Plaintiff, who was doing laundry as normal, opened her dryer door and began to reach into the dryer to retrieve her clothes. As she reached in, the dryer switch (that shuts the machine down when the door is open) failed, causing the dryer to continue to spin. One of the articles of clothing wrapped around the Plaintiff’s arm and pulled her partially into the dryer. She suffered injuries to her hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Attorney Derrick Connell handled the case. An x-ray machine was brought in from Jacksonville to test the switch. After test results were revealed to the Defendant Corporation, negotiations began. Mr. Connell was able to obtain a settlement for his client that paid her medical bills, provided her money for any future medicals and compensated her for the pain/suffering she experienced.
Confidential Settlement – Entryway Door Malfunction
The Plaintiff was entering a local business when the self-closing door slammed violently on her foot. This caused a severe laceration to her heel. After the initial surgery to close the wound, the laceration went on to become infected and required additional treatment. After the open wound healed, the Plaintiff was left with significant scarring and scar tissue that causes pain when she walks and/or wears certain shoes. The defendants denied liability and refused to make a pre-suit offer. Attorney Derrick Connell filed a law suit and moved towards trial against all five defendants, which included the door manufacturer. After taking numerous depositions, completing major discovery and aggressively pushing the case, the defendants all settled with the Plaintiff one week before the trial docket.