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Dangerous & Defective Verdicts
The Plaintiff, an 8 year-old child, suffered third degree burns over 90% of his body when the pajama garment he was wearing was ignited as he reached across a burner of the family stove. Both the manufacturer and the retailer of the pajamas were named defendants.
Mr. Curcio is particularly proud of the result in this case as this settlement was reached in 1979 – an era when settlements and verdicts rarely approached the $1,000,000 mark.
The Plaintiff, an 8 year-old child, suffered significant burns on his torso when the hem of his polo-style shirt was ignited by a bic lighter.
The plaintiff was employed as a maintenance engineer at an office building in the Chicago area. He was investigating the origin of a burning smell which led him to a circuit breaker panel in the building. As plaintiff was looking at the panel, it exploded, resulting in significant burns and permanent scarring.
This settlement was reached with the manufacturer/designer of the electrical panel only. Plaintiff also received workmen’s compensation because the incident occurred during his employment.
Plaintiff was run over by a crane while working as a groundman for a railroad company crushing his right leg. Suit was filed against the manufacturer of the crane alleging it was defectively designed as well as the maintenance contractor for its failure to properly install a wheel guard.
INDUSTRIAL MACHINE ERROR
Plaintiff, a 24-year-old male, sustained an incomplete amputation of his hand and wrist when a piece of canvas jammed in an industrial saw machine. The lawsuit against the manufacturer of the machine settled on the eve of trial.