case-results: Dangerous Product

$1.5 Million Out-of-Court Settlement

Dangerous Product

(Baton Rouge, LA) June 20.2013 - Attorney Frank Tomeny of the Tomeny Law Firm in Baton Rouge, LA recently secured a $1.5 million out-of-court settlement for a client who suffered a traumatic foot injury following an incident that resulted from a faulty lawn mower safety interlock system.

On February 9, 2012, the plaintiff was working for a lawn service when he exited the mower and his foot was partially amputated by the blades. Prior to this incident, the plaintiff’s employer had complained that the mower safety interlock was not working properly. Originally, the mower was equipped with a sofa seat that weighed approximately 36lbs. It was designed such that when the blades were engaged if the operator left the seat, the engine killed. At the time the mower had left the manufacturer with a sofa seat, the safety interlock was functioning properly. Before the employer took delivery, the dealer upgraded the seat to a manufacturer approved suspension seat weighing in excess of 50lbs. This in turn, bypassed the originally designed safety interlock system.

The manufacturer and distributor were to include, and the dealer install, a wiring adapter that connected the original safety interlock to a new electrical switch buried in the seat cushion on the suspension seat. The adapter was never installed by most accounts. Additionally, before the accident, the employer had contacted the distributor who held himself out as the manufacturer representative. However, even after several promises to the employer, the distributor never supplied the parts.

"We're happy for our client that we achieved this settlement without filing a lawsuit." We are pleased that the defendant agreed to settle, allowing our client to receive compensation in a timely manner,” said Tomeny. The plaintiff was a 24-year-old Hispanic Male with medical bills totaling $113,000, and the case has been successfully settled for $1.5 Million.

Attorney Frank Tomeny protects the rights of injured individuals and represents families throughout Louisiana and Texas who have suffered due to the negligence of others. The Tomeny | Best Injury Lawyers has helped injured clients recover millions of dollars in damages from cases involving vehicular accidents, product and premise liability, medical practice, and other personal injury claims.

Awarded: $1.5 Million

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