In June of 2014, a Best Buy employee won a settlement of $1.2 million from the manufacturer of a hydraulic operated picker. Plaintiff Christopher Connors had fallen from the lift platform while moving a television from an elevated storage area in Bloomingdale, Illinois in 2008.
Connors ad a safety belt around his waist that was made by Big Joe Manufacturing Company, a company which had also made the lift Connors had been using. The belt was too loose and it slipped off over his head as he fell from the platform. The 29-year-old plaintiff suffered severe back and spine injuries. Connors claimed in the lawsuit that the defendant, Big Joe, had been negligent and had failed to mandate the use of the full body harness as a fall protection system, and had provided his employer Best Buy with insufficient and unsafe warnings and instructions.
“Had the defendant provided a full body harness as it was required to do if sold in Canada, it is unlikely Mr. Connors would have suffered this type of injury,” said Corboy & Demetrio lawyer Edward G. Willer, Connors’ representative.
The lawsuit Connors won was an example of a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit is a legal action brought to court by an injured person who claims their injury to be the fault of another party. Injuries, which can be either physical or emotional, are often an accident which involves a slip and fall or a defective product. Illness also counts as a personal injury in work-related and industrial diseases, for instance illnesses related to stress, anxiety, asbestosis, or pulmonary disease.
The objective of a personal injury lawsuit is to provide compensation for past medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering for the injured party. The most common personal injury lawsuits involve car accidents, sports injuries, negligence, malpractice, or defective products. Such injuries are usually taken to court since they can severely affect a person’s health and well being, and may damage a person’s future with brain injury, head injury, spinal cord injury, knee injury, back and neck injury, or even paralysis.
Commonly, personal injury lawsuits involve an injury that happened at work, for instance Christopher Connors lawsuit with Big Joe. Injuries at works can be severe and even disabling; employees can file for a personal injury lawsuit due to safety hazards, accidents due to poorly maintained equipment, accidents due to negligence, wrist injury, carpel tunnel, and exposure to toxic chemicals or harmful materials such as asbestosis.
If you feel you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit, you will want to take steps after your accident or injury including taking notes and recording details about your incident, preserving evidence regarding your incident, locating a witness for your incident, obtaining medical records after your injury, and notifying potential defendants after the accident. The most important step to take when considering a personal injury lawsuit it to consult with your attorney, who will guide you through the next steps including determining who is at fault and what your possible damages may be.