Engineering Expert Witness Testimony On Forklifts

This week a jury found that a forklift manufacturer was not liable for a 1999 tip-over accident in which the operator was thrown from a forklift resulting in catastrophic injuries. The injured party lived seven years as a quadriplegic. Massachusetts U.S. District Court Judge Reginald C. Lindsay presided over the five-week trial in which the jury returned its unanimous verdict. The forklift manufacturer’s engineering expert witness successfully argued that the accident was caused by operator error, not a breach of warranty or any defect present in the forklift.

The defendant faced great exposure because the parties stipulated to more than $2 million in economic damages. The plaintiff also sought damages for pain and suffering, punitive damages under the Massachusetts Wrongful Death Statute and multiple damages under G.L.c. 93A.

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