Jury Awards Eight Million in Amputation Case

A plaintiff in Indianapolis recently won an $8 million verdict from a jury.  While working on the cardboard production line of a factory, the plaintiff got his hand caught in a compression roller during the initial start-up phase for new equipment.  This caused four of his fingers on his left hand to be crushed, resulting in amputation and a dozen surgeries.  His left arm now has a disability rating of 90%.

The plaintiff brought action against AJ Engineering, the firm that designed the new equipment, contending it had been designed defectively.  The jury found AJ Engineering 70% responsible, resulting in a net verdict of $5.6 million.