Downstate Jury Returns Verdict of $13.5 Million for Crushed Leg
Posted on September 1, 2011 by Eugene Hollander
Tagged: defective product
, personal injury
, workplace injury
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.