Our firm filed two significant product liability cases recently. The first case was filed by Greg Allen and involves a single vehicle car accident. The second case, filed by J.P. Sawyer, arises in the context of a workplace injury. Both cases highlight two product liability areas that lawyers have often overlooked when evaluating potential claims. I will discuss each case below.
Lawsuit Filed Against Ford And Firestone
We represent the parents of a young girl who was tragically killed when the 1997 Mercury Mountaineer in which she was a passenger, rolled over as a result of the detreading of a recalled Firestone tire. The Mercury Mountaineer is the sister vehicle of the Ford Explorer. Unfortunately, it is a tragedy that we have seen repeated far too often. In this case, the tire that detreaded was a spare tire that had never been used. It looked practically brand new with very few miles on it. The spare tire was an OEM tire, that is, it came on the truck when it was first placed on the market by Ford back in 1997. The tire detreaded within a few weeks of being placed on the truck.
This was an avoidable tragedy. Ford and Firestone failed to notify the owner of the vehicle that the defective tire had been recalled. Further, there are defects in Ford’s design of its Mountaineer/Explorer that makes the vehicle uncontrollable and unstable when a detread occurs. The problems with Ford’s design of this vehicle and the problem with the Firestone tires have been well documented for almost a decade. It is truly tragic that, even after Congressional hearings and legislation, almost ten years later we are still seeing deaths and severe injuries still occurring as a result of the Ford and Firestone’s defective trucks and tires. Greg Allen will be the lead lawyer in this case.
Lawsuit Filed In Death Caused At Work
Our firm recently filed a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of a metal shredding machine. In this tragic case, we represent the family of a man who was killed while performing the job he had been contracted to do by a metal recycling business. This young man, who performed routine maintenance on the machine, was required to enter the metal grinding machine through an access door in order to perform service and cleaning of the machine. On this particular day, the man entered the machine to perform the maintenance. While in the machine, a co-worker turned on the metal shredder. As a result, the man was instantly killed.
After the accident, OSHA cited several of the Defendants with more than 20 different violations. His death could have been easily avoided by the manufacturer if the machine had been equipped with an interlock device. An interlock device would have prevented the metal grinder from being energized while the man was in the machine performing the maintenance. Interlock devices have been around since 1930s and are relatively inexpensive. They are commonly used by manufacturers as a safety device to prevent the exact type of accident that resulted in this young man’s death. This appears to be another example of a manufacturer putting profits over safety. J.P. Sawyer will be the lead lawyer in this case.
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