Downstate Jury Returns Verdict of $13.5 Million for Crushed Leg

A jury in Tazewell County, Illinois returned a verdict for $13.5 million in favor of a construction worker whose leg was crushed while he was working on work trusses.  The worker, Dustin Stone, underwent a partial amputation as a result of the injury.  The main defendant was the manufacturer of a machine which Stone was working on.  The worker was responsible for hammering metal plates into wood trusses that were spread out on a table.  The machine trapped and crushed Stone's left femur against a metail rail.  Stone claimed that the machine was defective and that a safety bar malfunctioned.  An appeal is expected.
Categories: Workplace Injury