Products Liability Verdicts & Settlements

Fatality Due to Faulty Tire

Our firm represented the family of a fifty-two-year-old individual who had been killed when a construction vehicle he was operating went out of control and crashed. The vehicle caught fire, trapping him inside, unable to be rescued. After another law firm had previously declined the case, our firm was hired and began to investigate. We determined that a tire on the construction vehicle was defective, and filed suit against the manufacturer, who was located overseas. Our firm and co-counsel hired experts and began to develop the case. The investigating experts found that the tire on our client’s vehicle was so poorly made that not only was it unfit for a large and heavy commercial vehicle of the size our client was operating at the time of his death, its rubber would have been too thin for a passenger vehicle to drive on safely. After protracted litigation and many depositions, including those of the children that were left behind by the fire and death, the case was resolved at mediation for a significant confidential amount.

Traumatic Injuries From Airbag Malfunction

Our firm represented a thirty-year-old individual who was driving his 2001 Honda Civic when another vehicle pulled out in front of him, causing his airbag to deploy. Shards of metal were blasted through the airbag’s fabric, and it was melted in some spots. Metal from the airbag struck his right eye and caused him to become permanently blind in that eye, and the airbag’s excessive deployment caused facial fractures and a traumatic brain injury. About six months after the wreck, our client received an “Important Safety Recall Notice” warning that his 2001 Honda’s airbag may contain metal fragments which could pass through the airbag, causing serious injury. We had the vehicle evaluated by experts who found evidence that the 2001 Honda Civic’s airbag contained metal fragments which were propelled through the fabric during the crash. The experts also opined that the Honda’s airbag’s deployment was “explosive” in nature and dangerously excessive. Our firm along with co-counsel, using experts and documents, were able to prove that Honda and the airbag manufacturer had known of the airbag’s potential dangers for years before issuing the recall notice. We had the client evaluated by neurological experts, a neurosurgeon and obtained opinions from economic experts, in development of his claim. His case was ultimately settled at mediation for a significant confidential amount.

44-Year-Old Who Took the Pain Control Medication Celebrex Suffers Heart Attack

Our firm represented a 44 year old who took the pain control pill, Celebrex. As a result of taking this medication, our client had a heart attack and, unfortunately, passed away shortly after sustaining this heart attack. Our firm represented this client and was able to show that this medication was linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke associated with long term and high dosage use of this medication. Our attorneys, in a coordinated effort with firms across the nation, assisted in preparing the case for the litigation process by contacting medical experts and scientific experts to confirm the link between this medication and its increased risk of heart attacks and stroke. This case was referred to multi district litigation in the Northern District of California. Throughout the course of this complex litigation, the NST team of attorneys worked with national counsel to develop the case through many depositions of witnesses and experts. Our firm was able to secure a settlement for the widow of the deceased for $511,509.73.

47-Year-Old Who Took the Pain Control Medication Vioxx Suffers Heart Attack and Dies

Our firm represented a 47 year old who took the pain control pill, Vioxx. As a result of taking this medication, our client had a heart attack and, sadly, passed away from this heart attack. Our firm represented this client and was able to show that this medication was linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke associated with long term and high dosage use of this medication. Our attorneys, in a coordinated effort with firms across the nation, assisted in preparing the case for the litigation process by contacting medical experts and scientific experts to confirm the link between this medication and its increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, that the creator of the drug, Merck, was aware of this risk, and did not inform the consumers of this risk. This case was referred to multi district litigation in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Throughout the course of this complex litigation, the NST team of attorneys worked with national counsel to develop the case through many depositions of witnesses and experts. As a result of this litigation, Vioxx was withdrawn from the market in 2004. Our firm was also able to secure a settlement for the children of the deceased for $429,138.80.

27-Year-Old Who Took the Birth Control Yaz and Developed Blood Clots in Lungs

Our firm represented a 27 year old who took the birth control pill, Yaz. As a result of taking this medication, our client developed blood clots in her lungs, resulting in a lengthy hospitalization. After discharge, she had to take blood thinners and was required to be on blood thinners when she subsequently decided to have a child. Our firm represented this client and was able to show that this medication was linked to an increased risk of blood clots, which resulted in severe, disabling injuries to our client. Our attorneys, in a coordinated effort with firms across the nation, assisted in preparing the case for the litigation process by contacting medical experts and scientific experts to confirm the link between this medication and its increased risk of blood clots. This case was referred to multi district litigation in the Southern District of Illinois. Throughout the course of this complex litigation, the NST team of attorneys worked with national counsel to develop the case through many depositions of witnesses and experts. Our firm was able to secure a settlement for our 27 year old client in the amount of $150,000.00.

Chain Saw Incident Causing Laceration and Nerve Injury to Arm

Our client, sustained a laceration and nerve injury his arm after being cut with a chain saw that was being operated by an individual that had never received any type of training regarding the operation of the chain saw. NST sued the company that employed the chain saw operator for breaking the rules and the defendant company denied fault. After hiring experts and preparing the case for trial, NST took the case to trial in Madison County, Tennessee. The defendant company never made an offer to settle the case. The Madison County jury agreed that the defendant company broke the rules and included in its verdict money damages for our client in the amount of $189,688.02.

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