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$ 1,075,000.00Settlement

Product Liability

Orthopedic injuries

Description:
A sixteen year old boy was riding his brother's old bicycle, which had just been fixed up by a neighborhood bicycle repair shop. Driving the bike down a hill toward an intersection, he saw a truck pull out in front of him. He squeezed both brakes, but only the front brakes worked, and as a result he was thrown over the handle bars and under the truck, suffering severe orthopedic injuries. Suit was brought first against the bicycle repair shop and subsequently against the truck driver. Both defendants settled before trial.
$ 920,000.00Settlement

Product Liability

Orthopedic injuries

Description:
A 34-year-old farmer was injured when the forks of a forklift suddenly dropped on him while he was bending underneath to attach a chain to an object to be lifted by the machine. Suit was brought in South Dakota against the owner of the machine. The evidence developed before trial proved that inadequate maintenance of the machine had caused its failure.
$ 600,000.00Settlement

Product Liability

Orthopedic injuries

Description:
A 55-year-old woman who was partially paralyzed due to chronic illnesses was being transported in her wheelchair by medical van to a doctor's appointment. The van's seatbelt was not properly secured, and the woman was thrown from her wheelchair when the van suddenly braked to avoid a collision. She suffered comminuted fractures of both femurs, had a long and complicated hospitalization, and lost some of the limited mobility that she still had before the accident.
$ 600,000.00Settlement

Product Liability

Left arm fracture with surgical repair

Description:
The case involved a man who suffered from significant arthritis which restricted him to a wheelchair. However, the man lived independently at home with his wife, and regularly traveled around the small Southern Minnesota town where they lived in his wheelchair. On the day of his injury, the plaintiff was taken out for a recreational trip by a handicap transfer van service. Upon return to his home, the van driver placed the plaintiff on the handicap ramp, but because of the street configuration, the ramp was on somewhat of a down slope. The driver failed to lock the plaintiff's brakes, and the wheelchair flew off the end of the ramp, somersaulted, and the plaintiff was ejected from the chair with the chair subsequently landing on top of him. As a result of the arm fractures the plaintiff sustained in this injury, he was no longer able to live independently, and had to move to a nursing home.
$ 400,000.00Settlement

Product Liability

Amputation

Description:
This case involved a 45-year-old Hispanic man who was employed on a temporary job at a pizza and dough related bakery in southwest Minnesota. He was hired to clean trays and other equipment. At the time of the accident he was asked to clean a tri-roller machine. This was the first time he had worked on a moving machine. He was standing on a stool and reached up over his shoulder height into the hopper to clean the inside. When the two rollers caught the glove he was wearing, they pulled his left hand and arm into the machine, crushing them and requiring amputation below the elbow.