Carrel v. Allied Products Corp.

78 Ohio St.3d 284, 677 N.E.2d 795 (1997)

Carrel injured his hand in a defectively designed stamping press and sued Allied Products Corp., the manufacturer of the press.

The Ohio state legislature had recently passed a restrictive product liability statute. Nurenberg Paris successfully argued that the new statute does not abrogate long-established common law theories such as negligent design.

This case also established that workers who are required to encounter certain risks while performing their normal job duties would not be found to have assumed the risk of their injuries. Therefore, workers cannot have their jury awards reduced or completely barred because they were injured while using dangerous machines at work.