Defective Products Cases

Client v. General Motors (Iowa 2008)

Facts: The Beattie Law represented a man who was rendered a paraplegic when the seat back in his General Motors manufactured vehicle failed. Our client was on his way home from a University of Iowa football game when the car he was a passenger in was rear-ended at low speed. He was thrown backwards into the rear seat, breaking his neck, when the seat back broke.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a confidential seven-figure settlement for the Client.

Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company vs. SMA Elevator Construction, Inc., et al. (Iowa 2012)

Facts: An explosion at a Grain Elevator occurred resulting in property damage due to an overheated or hot pillow block bearing. This case was based on Negligence, Breach of Warranty, Breach of Contract against the manufacturer, designer, and installer among other parties.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a confidential settlement for the Client prior to trial.

Kingery vs CRC Industries, Inc., (Iowa 2011)

Facts: This case was brought against the manufacturer of an heavy duty silicon aerosol spray can for Negligence, and Breach of Warranty, and Defective design which resulted in extensive burns to his face and ¾ of his head with first degree burns and a few areas of second degree burns. Both of his arms were circumferentially with first and second degree burns from the mid humerus to his fingertips. Bilateral knees and a few areas on the abd with first and second degree burns. Total surface area covered with burns were estimated at that time to be approximately 36%

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a confidential settlement for the Client prior to trial.

Wyndham vs. ____

Settlement: A settlement of $1,500,000 was reached after a two week trial in federal court in Omaha. An exploding railroad shock absorber spewed flaming gases over client resulting in severe burn injuries. The claim was predicated upon defective design of the shock absorber. The defendant claimed that the injured worker was himself at fault for the exploding shock absorber.

Daleske v. Farmland, et al. (Story County, Iowa 1996)

Facts: Daleske was working in a grain bin and fell into an unguarded auger. He lost one leg and his scrotum. Suit was filed against Farmland for failure to provide guards for said auger.

Settlement: After suit was filed but before trial, a substantial confidential settlement was obtained.

Snyder v. Kax (Iowa Federal Court 1997)

Facts: Ms. Snyder was badly burned from a defective designed and manufactured heating pad which was applied after surgery. Claim was also based on the defective warnings regarding the dangers of the product.

SettlementA large confidential settlement was reached shortly before the start of trial.

Schneider v. Seed Corn Co. et. al. (Iowa 1995)

Facts: Ms. Schneider lost an arm when using an unguarded auger. Claims were based on defective design and defective maintenance.

SettlementA $900,000.00 plus settlement was reached.

Daleske v. Farmland Industries et. al. (Iowa 1994)

Facts: Mr. Daleske lost a leg when he fell into an unguarded sweep auger inside of a grain bin. Claims were based on defective design and defective maintenance.

SettlementA $2,000,000.00 plus settlement was reached.

Chambers v. Ingersoll Rand et. al. (Iowa 1994)

Facts: Mr. Chambers suffered serious injury when a defectively designed and manufactured brake failed.

SettlementA large confidential settlement was reached.