Tue 16th Jan | 2024

Daniel D. Walker Secures Confidential Settlement After Sledgehammer Detachment Causes Permanent Injury

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Attorney Daniel D. Walker of Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman successfully secured a confidential settlement in a product defect case involving a foreign manufactured sledgehammer.

A co-worker was using a fiberglass handle sledgehammer for normal work-related tasks, when the tool experienced a catastrophic failure resulting in the sledgehammer’s head detaching and violently striking the client who was nearby. The impact of the sledgehammer’s head resulted in severe injuries requiring surgical intervention and caused significant trauma, permanent disfigurement, and disability.

The legal team, led by attorney Daniel D. Walker, embarked on an in-depth investigation to uncover the root cause of this incident. Their investigative efforts, supported by expert analysis from engineering specialists, revealed a critical defect in the adhesive bond between the hammer head and handle. This defect was pinpointed as the direct cause of the tool’s malfunction and the injury to the client.

This discovery was a pivotal element in proving the liability of the product manufacturer. Walker’s approach was methodical and thorough, examining every aspect of the product’s design, manufacturing process, and usage to build a compelling case.

Following the settlement, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that fortune 500 company Stanley Black & Decker recalled 2.2 million DeWalt, Stanley, and Craftsman fiberglass sledgehammers because “[t]he head of the sledgehammers can loosen prematurely and detach unexpectedly during use, posing an impact injury hazard to the user.”

This settlement achieved by Walker underscores the commitment of Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman to seeking justice for individuals harmed by defective products. The case highlights the firm’s expertise in navigating the complexities of product liability litigation and their dedication to thorough investigative work.

The attorneys at Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman have a long history of holding manufactures accountable for dangerous products and obtaining recoveries for the victims. It is an honor to be a part of this team,” stated Daniel D. Walker. Walker emphasized that both foreign and domestic manufacturers must prioritize customer safety when designing and manufacturing products.

The resolution of this case serves as a crucial reminder of the importance of stringent product safety standards and the potential risks posed by defective manufacturing. Clark Fountain continues to stand at the forefront of advocating for the rights of those injured due to product malfunctions and manufacturing negligence.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective product, please reach out to Clark Fountain for a free consultation.