Product Liability Verdicts & Settlements
Listed below are examples of cases we have been fortunate to be involved with in the past, as well as information as to how they were resolved.
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Doe Plaintiffs v. Bayer Corporation
Settlement for $8,000,000 on behalf of 18 individuals. These 18 individuals were prescribed Baycol, a cholesterol lowering drug. However, each of these individuals developed rhabdomyolysis to varying degrees. Rhabdomyolysis is a disorder involving injury to the kidney caused by the toxic effects of the release of myoglobin. The disorder in turn can cause death, permanent kidney damage, and muscle pain or weakness. Individual suits were filed on behalf of each person against Bayer Corporation and their affiliates.
Cronkleton v. Doe Corporation
Settlement for $750,000. Nathan Cronkleton — 24 years old at the time of the incident — was injured after the corn head on a combine was inadvertently activated by the combine operator. Nathan, who was standing on the corn head snouts, was knocked off balance and fell into the chains of the corn head. He was subsequently drawn into the combine. Due to the severity of his injuries, Nathan’s left leg was later amputated below the knee.
Defendants argued that the Cronkletons did not operate the combine in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and that Nathan’s injuries were the proximate cause of the negligence of a third party. Plaintiffs contended that they followed standard field practices and the injury occurred because — in contrast with combines by other manufacturers that require multiple steps to activate the corn head — the subject combine was designed so that the corn head “ON” button could be depressed too easily.
Jane Doe v. Fuel Gel Defendants
Ms. Doe suffered severe burns to her arms, neck, and face following the explosion of fuel gel used in an outdoor firepot. She filed suit against the manufacturer of the firepot and fuel gel, the retailer who sold both products, and the product’s owner, claiming inadequate warnings on usage and an inherently dangerous product. The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission recalled fuel gel products shortly after Ms. Doe, and numerous others, were seriously injured as a result of similar explosions of the fuel gel. During the case, we were able to prove that the retailer who sold the products to the product owner, had knowledge of the dangers involved and the recall, prior to Ms. Doe’s injury, but failed to notify the product owner to discontinue use of the product, or instruct the owner on safe and proper product usage. Ms. Doe resolved her case for a combined $450,000 from all Defendants.