Plaintiff suffers permanent brain damage; Case settled for $950,000.
Plaintiff, a 27-year-old male, worked for a paper coating company in Western Virginia as a machine operator. While watching his supervisor and another employee adjust the internal pressure in a machine, the machine exploded. The explosion caused a 450-pound metal head to travel roughly 35 feet and across an aisle. The metal head struck the plaintiff in the head, causing a serious head injury. The injury involved an open fracture and a subdural hematoma.
Plaintiff and his attorneys argued that the safety pressure release on the machine did not function, causing the pressure explosion. A defect in the machine’s relief valve manufacturer because the valve failed to meet its own specifications and failed to meet ANSI standards. Plaintiff’s attorneys also argued that two out of 12 fasteners that held the machine head together also were defective and did not meet ANSI standards. [Read more…]