Products Liability – Defective office stool collapsed

$2.05 Million Settlement

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Our client, a 43-year-old married man, was a Senior Network Engineer at a New York City Computer Company. While at work, he was sitting on a rolling stool, which was 2 feet high and had a plastic seat with 3 metal legs. A metal rod connected the seat to the legs. After sitting on this stool for about five minutes, it suddenly collapsed. The metal rod came up through the cushion and impaled our client, piercing his rectum and internal organs. We claimed that the stool was defectively designed and manufactured. With no barrier between the seat cushion and metal rod, the rod became a “spear” with an enormous amount of potential energy. We sued the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the stool under principles of strict products liability. As a result of the incident, our client suffered horrible rectal injuries including a pierced colon, requiring a colostomy bag, and bladder damage.