Because manufacturers understand the ins and outs of their products better than consumers, we expect that any potential dangers of a given product will be adequately pointed out via some kind of label containing a warning. When there is no warning, serious injury can result, particularly when using heavy machinery. In such a situation, it may be wise to contact an expert products liability attorney at 617-787-3700.
An asphalt worker by trade, Brian Goodrich runs Regal Seal Asphalt Services in Oxford, Massachusetts. One day, while working from his home, Mr. Goodrich was using a jack purchased from Garlock Equipment, Inc., when the jack he attached to a vehicle slipped and the vehicle fell on him. Mr. Goodrich suffered severe injuries, including permanent disfigurement to his face and skull, blindness in one eye, and significant loss of cognitive function. Mr. Goodrich subsequently brought a lawsuit against the company. He was represented by John T. Martin of KJC Law Firm, LLC of Boston, Massachusetts.
Although the jury noted that Mr. Goodrich was partially negligent himself in that he failed to use a safety pin, the lack of an adequate warning surrounding the potential for the jack to slip meant that the manufacturer was found to be more than 50% negligent. Mr. Martin also successfully argued that the company could have designed a jack without the need for a safety pin for the same price, thereby eliminating any danger in the first place.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective product, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert products liability attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential lawsuit. Call us today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!