Los Angeles Defective Products Attorneys

We have represented clients harmed or killed by poorly designed or manufactured products. Examples follow below.

Examples of recoveries achieved in defective product cases

Design Defect — Fatal Case — Third-Party Case

Our client, a laborer for a furniture company, was crushed and killed by a 50-foot trailer being maneuvered by a tractor that backed up into him. The law firm initially handling the case sued the driver of the tractor and his employer, and lost. We took the case and sued the manufacturer of the tractor, proving negligence for failing to place a back-up alarm that would have alerted our client to the presence of the trailer.

Result: Confidential Substantial Settlement

Design Defect — Spinal Injury — Third-Party Case

Our client, a 65-year-old airplane mechanic, fell from a scaffold when the guard-rail safety mechanism gave way. The impact of the six-foot fall to concrete caused fractures in four vertebrae in the neck, a bruised spinal cord and injuries to his head. The long-term result included weakness and a loss of sensation in the arms and legs as well as neurological damage resulting in cognitive and memory impairment.

We demonstrated a design defect because there was not enough warning to the user if the scaffolding guard rail wasn't properly latched.

Result: $3,710,970 Jury Verdict

Design Defect — Spinal Injury — Third-Party Case

Our client, a 45-year-old father of four who had been on the job for 17 years, suffered a broken neck and was permanently disabled when a front-loading trash bin fell as it was about to empty its contents in a waste-disposal truck. Evidence revealed that the truck design did not incorporate any hooks, latches or even a non-slip surface on the forklift that could have prevented the accident. Instead, the trucks relied on gravity to keep the bins in place.

We demonstrated that several simple, inexpensive safety devices could eliminate the foreseeable risk of serious harm, not only to workers who use the trucks, but also to pedestrians and other drivers who might be in the vicinity when a truck is emptying bins.

Result: $1,750,000 Jury Verdict

Design Defect — Spinal Injury — Third-Party Case

Our client, a 35-year-old man who worked as a courier for FedEx, was standing near the end of a 20-inch-high platform attached to a long conveyer belt. He was placing packages on the conveyor when he inadvertently stepped off of the platform, struck a metal pipe and landed on his back on the ground. He broke vertebrae and aggravated a pre-existing spinal condition, which rendered him unable to walk, sit or stand for long periods of time. He was permanently disabled and could not continue working as a courier for FedEx.

We proved that the lack of a gate or barrier at the end of the platform was a hazard.

Result: $1,647,038 Jury Verdict

Bar Cart — Spinal Injury — Third-Party Case

Our client was a flight attendant who was pulling a bar cart from the elevator of a jumbo jet. The brake on the cart was supposed to easily release when the latch was activated, but it failed causing him to wrench his back, resulting in spinal injuries. We proved a design defect in the latch.

Result: $600,000 Settlement

Design Defect — Brain Injury

Our client, a 50-year-old father of two, was hanging Christmas lights in his garage when the ladder collapsed beneath him. He hit his head on the ground and suffered brain and spinal injuries. We were able to prove that the design was insufficient to prevent the ladder from buckling and collapsing.

Result: $1,850,000 Settlement

Design Defect — Brain Injury — Third-Party Case

Our client, a mechanic in a rental yard, was mounting a multi-piece rim on the axle of a vehicle when the wheel exploded. He was struck in the forehead and knocked back 30 feet. He suffered permanent brain damage. We proved a defect in the design because there was no way to tell whether or not the rim parts were locked in place.

Result: $1,200,000 Settlement

Design Defect — Amputation — Third-Party Case

Our client, a 51-year-old paper mill worker and father of three, had his left hand crushed between the roller and the dryer in a machine used in paper manufacturing. The machine had been updated and a tension roller added by a former owner approximately 25 years before our client's injury.

After several surgeries, his hand had to be amputated. He was unable to play baseball with his son, one of his joys in life. He became depressed and anxious and was only able to return to work in a reduced capacity.

We demonstrated that the designer/manufacturer of the tension roller failed to provide an operation guard to prevent injury.

Result: $1,900,000 Jury Verdict

Design Defect — Amputation — Third-Party Case

Our client worked for a company that manufactured strawberry baskets. He reached into the machinery to pull out a basket that had become stuck, but the machine continued to cycle, crushing his arm. We proved a defect in the design because it did not provide adequate safeguards to prevent injuries to workers' arms.

Result: $750,000 Settlement

Design Defect — Amputation — Third-Party Case

Our client was cleaning an electrical transformer on a wind turbine when it arced. She was electrocuted so seriously that she had to have her lower left arm amputated. We proved that there was a design defect in the transformer cabinet that allowed for dangerous entry, which could have been prevented through a mechanical interlock.

Result: Confidential Substantial Settlement

Diesel Fumes — Wrongful Death — Third-Party Case

Our client, a baggage handler at Los Angeles International Airport, was exposed to diesel fumes from an improperly maintained baggage loader. He developed Reactive Airways Disease from the exposure, which led to his death. We proved a defect in the design because the fumes were not vented away from the workers.

Result: $750,000 Settlement

Design Defect — Manlift — Third-Party Case

Our client, a 40-year-old laborer, was in a manlift when it toppled over, causing severe hip injury. We were able to prove that the design was defective because it allowed the outriggers, which stabilized the equipment, to be removed while it was in an extended position.

Result: $1,700,000 Settlement

Explosion — Burns — Third-Party Case

Our clients worked as glaziers. They were cutting glass with alcohol when the flame flashed backwards, entering the one-gallon can of alcohol. This caused the can to explode much like a grenade, causing incendiary burns and shrapnel-based wounds. As part of the settlement, the manufacturer added warning labels.

Result: $1,500,000 Settlement

Design Defect — Gas Container — Third-Party Case

Our client, a 45-year-old male, worked in a printing shop. A gas container caught on fire, flew through the air like a rocket and struck him. We proved that the design was defective because the container should have had a mechanism to chain it to the wall.

Result: $1,000,000 Settlement

Airplane Tire Blowout

An airplane landing gear tire blew out on take-off causing the plane to catch on fire. Seven people suffered fractures, as well as other injuries while escaping the burning plane. Others that were present inhaled toxic fumes and many developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Result: $1,800,000 Settlement

Design Defect — Collapsing Ladder — Third-Party Case

Our client, a roofer, was on his way down the ladder when he inadvertently kicked the release bar, and it collapsed without warning. He fell to the ground, shattering his ankle. The ladder had a unique, but defective one-hand release, which was vulnerable to being unintentionally engaged. Despite several complaints against the manufacturer, Home Depot continued to sell the ladder.

Our client was initially offered $50,000 to settle.

Result: $830,000 Jury Verdict

Design Defect — Degloving Injury — Third-Party Case

Our client, a 40-year-old man, worked at a paper manufacturing plant. He slipped and his hand was caught between two of the heavy steel rollers of the paper calender, causing a degloving injury to his arm. His shoulder and arm required skin grafting and other surgery, and he lost several fingers. His right knee also required surgery.

We demonstrated that the manufacturer negligently designed the paper calender because it failed to provide a guard over the nip points of the machine to prevent injury.

Our client demanded $100,000; he was offered $15,000.

Result: $726,000 Jury Verdict

Design Defect — Pallet Jack — Third-Party Case

Our client, a 30-year-old woman who worked for a grocery store, was operating a pallet jack in a small area. When she put on the brakes, it was so close to her that it climbed on her foot and crushed it. We proved that there was a design defect in the braking system that caused the injuries.

Result: $700,000 Settlement

Defective Mechanic Lift — Third-Party Case

Our client was servicing a fire sprinkler and, in the course of his work, used a mechanic lift to reach it. While he was descending from the lift, it unexpectedly rose upwards, causing the plaintiff to suffer a pelvic fracture and other injuries.

Result: $400,000 Jury Verdict


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