2013

Airbag Case Settles

June, 2013

This crashworthiness action arose from a collision which occurred in New Jersey.  We represented the seat-belted driver of a vehicle traveling at a moderate rate of speed on a two-lane highway in Warren County, New Jersey.  The driver was returning to Pennsylvania from his place of employment in New Jersey, when the vehicle traveled onto the opposite lane of travel.  There was a head-on impact.  In the collision, the driver-side airbag did not deploy and the driver-side shoulder harness was torn from its lap belt.  The driver was killed on impact.

Even though the driver was properly restrained by his seatbelt, the failure to deploy the Frontal Impact Airbag led to the vulnerability of his body having to absorb the crash forces that were being produced. These harmful forces would have been reduced or eliminated by the proper deployment of the frontal impact airbag. Additionally, a clear failure of the seatbelt further exacerbated the injury potential of the collision to the driver.

The failure to deploy the driver front airbag resulted directly in the fatal injuries suffered in the collision. The failure to deploy the driver frontal impact airbag rendered the vehicle defective and unreasonably dangerous in the subject collision.  The case settled for a confidential amount during mediation.

Landscaper Struck by Car Settles for $360,000

April, 2013

This motor vehicle versus pedestrian accident action arose from a collision that occurred when our client was struck by the side of the road by an elderly driver.  Our client was a landscaper.  A vehicle he was standing behind was a landscaping truck and had its rear doors open and a ramp descending from the interior of the vehicle to the pavement. There was an orange hazard cone placed behind the landscaping truck and its hazard lights were flashing. Defendant was in her mid-eighties and suffering from progressive Parkinson’s disease.

Jury awards $668,000 to injured delivery worker

August, 2013

This case arose from the negligent maintenance of a storm grate at a Kmart facility in Easton, Pennsylvania.  The storm grate at issue was missing a tine.  Our client sustained serious and permanent injuries when he fell through the storm grate and permanently injured his knee and back.  At the time of the incident, our client was working as a delivery truck driver for Pepsi Beverage Company.  His job required him to provide various retail stores with bottled beverages from Pepsi and involved both driving and unloading the truck.  On the morning of the incident, our client arrived at the K-Mart and began unloading his vehicle.  The truck’s design required him to unload the beverages from the side rather than from the rear.  This meant that he could not use the loading dock ramp or the actual loading dock, but rather parked alongside the rear edge of the property.  As he arranged his hand cart on the side of the vehicle and began to unload cases of bottled beverages from the side doors located at the rear of the truck, he was required to step partially onto the vehicle in order to position the cases and to transfer them to the hand cart.  As he stepped back from the vehicle, his right foot and leg fell through the storm drain that was missing a tine.  Our client screamed in pain and was assisted in removing his body from the drain by an eyewitness.  An MRI performed a few weeks later revealed a complex tear of the lateral meniscus of the anterior horn, as well as a mild compartmental osteoarthritis.  Our client continued working at this time, but was restricted from driving a commercial vehicle, one of the primary duties of his position with Pepsi.  He pursued physical therapy in an attempt to resolve the pain in his knee but ultimately was required to undergo a right knee arthroscopic partial lateral meniscectomy.  In addition to his physical pain and suffering, our client sustained significant economic damages from this incident because he is could longer engage in the type of work that he did at the time of the incident, and because he lost his union benefits.  The case went to trial in August, 2013.