Man’s Hand is Amputated by Industrial Machinery at Textile Factory, Case Settles for $2.15 Million
A 33-year-old man was catastrophically injured resulting in the amputation of his right dominant hand due to a defective and unreasonably dangerous textile machine. Before attempting to clean the accident machine, he carefully locked and tagged it out at the control panel as he was taught. Believing the machine had stopped inside, he attempted the clean out. Unfortunately, the wire roller had not stopped, shredding and crushing the thumb and all of the fingers of his right hand as it continued to spin around.
Although our client was covered under worker’s compensation, we alleged that the employer waived its immunity through a contract with the used machinery seller. We also alleged that the parent company was liable since it assumed a duty of care to its subsidiary’s employees and failed to exercise reasonable care in performing these duties. The case was settled after mediation and just prior to trial.