$1.035 Million Settlement – Product Liability – Defective Machinery

A thirty-seven-year-old woman was represented by Todd Muchnick for injuries to both of her hands from a defective punch-press machines.

A thirty-seven-year-old woman was represented by Todd Muchnick for injuries to both of her hands from a defective punch-press machine. At the time of the accident, our client was helping operate a Clearing Niagra punch-press with a co-worker. Both workers thought the machine was set up for two operators. While our client was trying to move a piece of punched metal from the die area, her co-worker pressed the activator button, causing the 300-ton machine to cycle, causing three fingers to be crushed and amputated from each of our client’s hands. A products liability lawsuit was filed against the punch press manufacturer alleging the product was unreasonably dangerous and defective in its design at the time it was sold. Our retained expert witness inspected the punch press and determined that design of the machine was defective and unreasonably dangerous. As designed, the set-up console did not provide an adequate warning to either operator that the machine was would be operated by a single operator. A settlement of $1.035 Million was reached three days before trial.

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