Mechanic Awarded More than $1.5 Million in Products Defect Case
In this products defect case, a San Diego Superior Court judge ordered that Ingersoll Rand, a New Jersey-based manufacturer of construction and mining machinery, pay over $1.5 million to a heavy equipment mechanic injured while performing routine maintenance work on a drilling rig manufactured by the defendant.
Robert J. Francavilla and Thomas D. Luneau represented the defendant, who was injured while welding on the deck of a blast hole drill – a large machine similar in size to a tall crane – and fell from the 3 1/2 foot high drill deck which had an uneven surface and no guard rail. After a month of careful deliberation, the judge found that the product was defective.
Verdict: $1.5 Million