Injured Factory Worker Burned By Defective Machine Recovers $500,000
Posted on Jan 30, 2010
When trying to re-feed a lead cloth into a jig dye machine, plaintiff factory worker Mike Chau was forcibly thrown into the dye vat, causing him to sustain second and third-degree burns to a significant portion of his body. The plaintiff and the defendant manufacturer sharply disagreed over whether a machine malfunction (or, in other words, whether the machine suffered from a defective design, a manufacturing defect, or whether the defendant manufacturer had failed to issue proper warnings), or the plaintiff's own failure to stop the machine before attempting to re-feed the cloth was primarily responsible for the plaintiff's accident. In any event, the parties agreed to settle the case before trial for $533,000.