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Truck Manufacturer Pays Firefigher $1,600,000

Amount: $1,600,000
Court: Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Defendants collectively provided a fire tanker with defective brakes, an inadequate gear shift indicator, and improperly wired safety lights which incorrectly advised the operator that the vehicle was in neutral instead of drive, causing the tanker to inadvertently move forward striking plaintiff. Defendant’s primary defense was that the chocks were not utilized by plaintiff or his fire department to prevent an inadvertent movement of the tanker. All experts agreed that chocks in conformity with the applicable standard would have prevented this incident. Plaintiff sustained injuries as follows: above knee amputation and dislocated hip.

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