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$325,000 Settlement for Wood Worker’s Hand Injury in Wood Shaping Machine Accident

D’Luzen v. Defendants

Case Synopsis:

Our client was a wood worker who was using a wood shaping machine, designed by the defendants, to cut a curved piece of molding on the date of the accident.  In order to cut the curved molding, our client set the machine to perform a free-hand shaping operation. While moving the wood through the spindle, a piece of wood kicked back toward our client, causing the molding to be thrown back away from the machine and our client’s hand to come into contact with the high speed cutter head.

The wood shaping machine was defective as designed because it did not have a spindle guard for free-hand shaping tasks. There were several forms of ring guards and disc guards available for spindle heads that would have prevented an injury when the machine was used to make free-hand cuts. The defendant failed to provide any of these available guards.

Our client sustained fractures of the index, long, ring and little fingers of his left hand as a result of the accident and underwent surgery in which pins were inserted in his index and long fingers in order to stabilize the fractures.  Our client was out of work for 6 months following the accident and was left with permanent impairment of his left hand.

Outcome:

The hand injury case settled before trial for $325,000.  The case was handled by Philadelphia products liability attorney, Richard M. Jurewicz, of Galfand Berger. For more information on this case, please call the law firm at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) contact Mr. Jurewicz at rjurewicz@galfandberger.com