$3.2 Million

38-Year-Old Suffers Head Trauma, Amnesia from Defective Weight Bench

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Posted in: Product Liability | Settled | $3.2 Million

38-year-old married father of two was injured in his garage while lifting weights on a defective bench press. The welding that was supposed to be on the crosspiece was completely absent; the metal support buckled under the mass of the weight bar and weights, striking him in the head. He had a bump over his left eye and some blood, but nonetheless, his wife took him to the hospital to be safe. However, soon after his admission, he disappeared. Two employees of the hospital stated that they had seen someone fitting his description wandering away from the hospital. The police were notified and a search was organized. He was eventually located but had no idea who or where he was. He was taken back to the hospital. There, it was determined that he had lost all autobiographical memory when the weight bench collapsed on him. He had amnesia. Our experts included mechanical engineers offering opinions on the faulty weight bench, as well as the Director of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Division of Medical Psychology at Johns Hopkins University who testified about his amnesia. The case was set to be tried against the manufacturer of the weight bench. However, four days before trial was to begin, the case settled for $3.25 million.

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