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Case Summary: Defective Commercial Equipment / Products Liability / Unsafe Work Place

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A thirty-year-old technician at a local oil refinery was working in a small quality control laboratory. She was making use of a machine that tests the viscosity of petroleum products. After a few hours, the technician was overcome by fumes of a toxic chemical [hexane] that were leaking from the machine. Following her exposure to the chemical, she became unable to concentrate or think clearly. We sued the company that had manufactured the machine, and proved that the machine was defectively designed, because it allowed the hexane to collect and evaporate within the area of the laboratory where the technicians worked. We also arranged for the technician to undergo extremely sophisticated diagnostic testing which objectively proved that she was exposed to a toxic agent, and that her exposure to the toxic chemical fumes caused subtle brain damage which was responsible for her medical symptoms. We obtained a multi-million dollar settlement against the laboratory machine’s manufacture.

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