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Four Million Dollar Verdict for Man Who Lost Fingers in Machine Injury

Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 18-Jul-2013

A federal jury in Philadelphia returned a $4.3 million verdict in favor of a man whose hand was mangled at work in the rollers of a "smoothing and drying" machine used to tan animal hides. The judgment went against the bankrupt Italian manufacturer of the machine, Rizzi 1857 S.P.A.

According to court records, the victim was employed as a floor worker at Garden State Tanning in New Jersey when his left hand was pulled into the rollers of the machine as he helped remove an animal hide that had gotten wrapped around a roller. His three left fingers were pulled in; his hand was de-gloved and several of his fingers had to be partially amputated as a result of the injuries.

Based on the victim's statement, the machine was defective because it wasn’t equipped with the safety devices necessary to avoid such an incident, including a photoelectric sensor on the underside of the rollers. Additionally, the machine had no instructions, directions or warnings on how to remove an animal hide if it got caught in the machine.

The victim was just 22 years old at the time of the accident and will likely never be able to work in the industry again. At the Arnold & Itkin industrial injury firm, we work with victims like this young man to ensure that they will be taken care of financially even if they can never work again. Contact our office today to receive a free consultation regarding your legal rights.

Categories: Industrial Accident

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