Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Meat Grinder Injury Case Value

The law firm I work for recently resolved a products liability case in which our clients hand was pulled into a meat grinder and mangled. Following extensive discovery we were able to reach a collective settlement well in excess of $1,000,000 for the injuries. The facts of the case, per our pre-trial statement were as follows:

The Plaintiff purchased the commercial grade meat grinder. A couple years later, the Plaintiff used the meat grinder to grind and process venison. Upon completion, Plaintiff sought to disassemble and clean the meat grinder in accordance with the Defendant manufacturers instructions. During disassembly, the auger (the portion of the grinder that draws meat into the machine) became lodged within the unit. In an attempt to free the auger, the Plaintiff turned the switch to the “1” or forward position. Plaintiff then turned the switch to the “0” or off position. Believing the meat grinder to be disengaged, Plaintiff then attempted to dislodge the stationary auger by striking it with his hand. As Plaintiff’s hand contacted the auger, the machine engaged in reverse and pulled his hand into the grinder. As a result, Plaintiff suffered catastrophic injuries to his right hand.

The Plaintiff's compensatory or "out of pocket" damages were less than $50,000. The rest of the damages were essentially non-economic, i.e. pain, suffering, and humiliation associated with a severely disfigured hand. Of course I am bias but I feel that the tremendous outcome of the case is largely attributable to the masterful lawyering of lead attorney John Quinn. It really does pay to have an attorney with real experience handling these types of case on your side. Share this post :
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3 comments:

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