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$420,000 Settlement for Machine Attendant in Flash Dry Oven Accident

Philips v. MAC Engineering

Case Synopsis:

Our client was a 38-year-old machine attendant working for a manufacturer of lead-acid batteries. He worked on the pasting line, which processed lead battery plates by coating them with paste and heating them in a flash dry oven. On the date of the accident, our client noticed that the plates had begun jamming between the output converter and the parter machine, so he lifted the guard and reached into the converter to remove the jam.  In the process of removing the jam, his left hand was pulled into the nip point of the machine, crushing his ring and pinky fingers.

The flash dry oven, designed by defendant, was defective as designed because it did not contain an interlock on the oven guard which would have prevented access to the output converter when the machine was powered on.

Our client suffered partial amputation of the ring and pinky fingers of his left hand as a result of the accident.  Our client claimed $186,293 in medical expenses and $66,568 in lost wages.

Outcome:

This hand injury case settled before trial for $420,000.  The case was handled by Philadelphia products liability attorney, Richard M. Jurewicz, of Galfand Berger. For more information on this case, please call our law offices at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or contact us online.