Fulcher Hagler Trial Team Obtains Defense Verdict in Case With Catastrophic Injuries
In a case involving catastrophic burn injuries, the Fulcher Hagler trial team of Art Davison and Beth McLeod recently obtained a defense verdict for a chemical manufacturer and well-known home improvement retailer. The plaintiff in that case sustained severe burn injuries in February 2010 while using a popular, extremely flammable adhesive remover purchased from the defendants. She sustained third degree burns over 36% of her body, was hospitalized over five months and underwent nine surgeries. Her claimed medical bills and other special damages exceeded $5.7 million. In 2012 she filed suit against these two corporations asserting claims of strict liability and breach of warranty, claiming the adhesive remover was defective and unreasonably dangerous. The Fulcher Hagler team successfully argued for bifurcation of liability and damages. After a three day trial in April 2014 on the liability issue only, the jury returned a verdict for the defendants.