Metal Etcher vs. Acid Producer

poisonous fumes
Product Liability: Failure to Warn
$1.85m settlement

Metal Etcher’s job required him to place aluminum airplane parts into an acid bath, including hydrofluoric and nitric acid, to burn off the outer layer of the parts. On the date of the accident, Metal Etcher placed aluminum parts in the acid bath and an unusual brownish-yellow smoke started to plume out of the bath. His employer directed Metal Etcher to remove the aluminum from the acid bath, exposing him to the harmful fumes. Metal Etcher suffered severe inhalation injuries causing permanent injuries to his lungs. Acid Producer failed to warn the end-user of its product, Metal Etcher, this reaction was possible and the resulting smoke would be dangerous. This matter settled as a result of mediation. Jim Coyne handled this case through settlement.


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