The Law Offices of John D. Pallante received a final judgment in the amount of 3 million dollars from the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania for an injured worker who lost all the fingers on his left hand while operating a dangerous machine. On April 29, 2011, the Plaintiff was working on a machine made by Hangzhou Holin Plastics Machinery Company. The machine recycled various materials into plastic pellets used to package goods. While Plaintiff worked on the machine, the area where the recycled material was fed became clogged and back-flowed with water. Plaintiff attempted to clean out the blockage and his left hand was pulled into the machine.
As a result of the accident, all the fingers on Plaintiffs left hand were amputated and Plaintiff suffered additional physical injuries in his left arm and shoulder. Plaintiff also experienced pain, suffering and depression due to the lost of use of his left hand. Plaintiffs wife also sued Hangzhou Holin for the loss of companionship, comfort and assistance of her husband which she experienced following his injury.
The U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania held Hangzhou Holin strictly liable for the design defects and the manufacturing defects of the machine which injured Plaintiff. The machine lacked a guard which would have prevented Plaintiffs hand from being sucked into the machine. Moreover, the machine could have been designed to prevent the clogging and back flow which caused Plaintiffs injuries. The U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania awarded Plaintiff $2,500,000.00 for all the physical and emotional damages he suffers as a result of his injury. The Court also awarded Plaintiffs wife $500,000.00 for the loss of comfort and assistance she experienced following her husband’s injury.
“I’m happy with this verdict,” John Pallante said after receiving the verdict. “Too often machines are brought into this country without simple safety mechanisms that would prevent serious injuries from occurring. In fact, another operator previously amputated several of his fingers on a machine of the same make and model, and in the exact same way as the Plaintiff. Yet, no one attempted to fix this machine or make it safer for the operators.”
“This verdict helps bring some accountability to the machine manufacturers who put the safety and livelihood of their operators at risk,” John Pallante added.
In addition to this verdict The Law Offices of John D. Pallante fought hard to get Plaintiff additional benefits for his injuries. The Law Offices of John D. Pallante settled with the landlord of the property where Plaintiff was injured for $340,000.00. The Law Offices of John D. Pallante also obtained an additional $308,841.81, and a prosthetic hand, for the Plaintiff through a hard fought workers’ compensation case.
More information regarding the case can be found on the docket for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The matter is Bao Ting Chen v. Hangzhou Holin Plastic Machinery, Co. et al, 5:13-cv-00191-JHS.