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What Are the Defective Product Case Results From Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann?

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Joann Smith as administratrix of the Estate of Michael Paul Smith v. Montclair Orthopedic Surgeons; Estate; and Lunar Corporation, et al. ( Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama)

$7 Million Verdict, Later Settled Confidentially

Michael Paul Smith presented to an orthopedic surgeon for a knot on his thigh. An MRI was performed on the thigh and Mr. Smith was told not to worry about it. Almost two (2) years later, the knot was diagnosed as a malignant tumor. Mr. Smith died as a result of the tumor. It was alleged that the MRI machine was improperly used, that the MRI machine was defectively designed, that improper instructions were given on the use of the MRI machine. During trial, a confidential settlement agreement was reached with the product manufacturer and distributor. A jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff and against the physician’s practice in the amount of $7 million.  The case was later settled pursuant to a confidentiality agreement.

Bobby Pierce vs. Duo-Fast/Illinois Tool Works (Circuit Court of Dekalb County, Alabama)

$2 Million Verdict

While working as a home framer, Mr. Pierce was shot in the eye when a Duo-Fast nail gun inadvertently activated. Mr. Pierce lost vision in his eye and his ability to earn a living was impaired. It was our contention that the subject nail gun was equipped with a defectively designed trigger. At trial, it was proven that Duo-Fast removed (for safety reasons) the defectively designed trigger from the nail gun, but then offered the defective trigger as an option and sold it to consumers. The trigger allowed a nail to be inadvertently fired. Attorney Mike Bradley tried the case to a Dekalb County, Alabama jury.  The jury returned a verdict of $2 million for Mr. Pierce.

DeWaun King v. Alpine Engineered Products and Simonds International (Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama)

$1.6 Million Verdict

On Nov. 24, 2004, DeWaun King went to work at Modern Homes (manufactured housing plant) in Mobile, Alabama. DeWaun was a saw operator responsible for operating the computer that would dictate how the wood was cut by the industrial saw. The saw was manufactured by Alpine Engineered Products (Defendant) and was installed at Modern Homes approximately two years prior to the incident.

The saw was equipped with several 18-inch steel diameter blades that were manufactured by Simonds International (Defendant). At some point during the day, the bolts holding the blade to the mandrel broke off during operation of the saw thereby allowing the blade to come out of the saw and strike DeWaun King in the leg. As a result of the incident, DeWaun King sustained an open distal femur fracture that required surgery. The surgical procedure involved incision and drainage, repair of quad muscle lacerations and closure of multiple layers of wound followed by the insertion of a rod and screws in his leg.

As a result of the injuries and necessary surgery, Dewaun was left with a permanent impairment to the lower extremity of 28% and an impairment to his whole body of 11%. It was alleged in the lawsuit that the 18-inch steel diameter saw blade was defectively designed and manufactured in that the countersink holes (holes where the bolts feed through) were oversized thereby causing excessive vibration and pressure on the bolts, which ultimately led to the failure.

The defendants countered and suggested that the bolt failure was due to over tightening the bolts during the blade change process and was the fault of he workers at Modern Homes. The case was tried in April of 2008 and a Mobile County jury returned a verdict in favor of DeWaun King in the amount of $1.6 million against Simonds and Alpine. Shortly thereafter, the case settled.

Bobby Ayers vs. Duo-Fast (Circuit Court of Winston County, Alabama)

Confidential Settlement

While working in a mobile home manufacturing plant, Mr. Ayers was shot in the back with a nail gun. It was alleged that the subjects nail gun was equipped with a defectively designed trigger and that the trigger allowed a nail to be inadvertently fired. Mr. Ayers suffered a permanent, disabling injury. The case was settled pursuant to a confidentiality agreement.

Stephanie Price v. Chesebrough-Ponds USA, et al. (Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama)

Confidential Settlement
Stephanie Price sustained third-degree burns to 45% of her body when her hair caught on fire while using a sculpting hair spritz, a curling iron and an oven which was used to heat the curling iron. Stephanie Price alleged that the products were defectively designed and failed to provide adequate warnings.  The case was settled pursuant to a confidentiality agreement.

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I highly recommend this law firm.  I was always kept informed of any progress in my case.  Any time I called them my concerns were met.  Attorney Jon Mann was always very through in his responses.  I can't thank this law firm for taking excellent care of my case.

Beth Huffstutler

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The assistance we received from Mike Bradley has been a great experience. Mike communicated directly with us, answering our questions and concerns. He was always upfront and honest about our case. I would trust him completely with any legal matter. Mike's years of experience and extensive knowledge is evident in every interaction. Great attorney and firm!

Lee Huffstutler

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Outstanding firm!  Extremely pleased with the service, consistency & hard work of the firm as a whole and Michael Bradley as my representative.

Without a doubt, I would recommend anyone who is in need of a personal injury attorney to give Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann a call - good people that strive to look after your interests. Thanks for all you have done!

Larry Smith

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I have nothing but great things to say about this firm. Initially I mostly spoke to Rebecca & she made me feel very comfortable in a stressful situation. Later many of my calls were with Jon Mann & he also spoke to me with respect & thoughtfulness. Kind of strange but a close bond between lawyers & a client but not only did we discuss the matter at hand but we would discuss our personal lives & the good & bad going on in my life & their concern for my health was comforting. I would definitely recommend this firm! Keep up the great work guys.

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I feel very fortunate to have met this firm. During the first conference, my attorney made me feel totally at ease when sharing my situation with him. He has a way about him that makes you feel his sincerity and honesty. Thank you for taking my burden and for the wonderful job that you did to complete my case successfully. I am VERY PLEASED!

Cathye H.

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My case was one that was a part of a nationwide claim. I researched and prayed for the appropriate attorney and I found that in Mike Bradley. While my case lasted, Mike and his assistant Karen stayed current and knowledgeable on the status and updates. I never once called or emailed that one of them didn't respond to me immediately. Mike would call to answer an email because he felt it would be more personal and efficient than typing. I highly recommend this firm.

Tyna B.

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I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Jon Mann of Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann. I am so grateful for your knowledge, passion, dedication, and professionalism you have exhibited through this entire ordeal. Mr. Jon Mann took in all the relevant information, analyzed it and created a plan to settle my case. Again, I value the help you've given me. Thank you!!

Emily W.

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I was very pleased with the work that Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann did for us. I had been injured in a car accident and was in quite a bit of pain for sometime. They always treated me like a person and not a case—never failed to return a call and kept us apprised of what was going on. I had a time when I had to be totally focused on recovery, they were able to take care of the situation and I didn’t have to worry about it. I owe this firm a lot of thanks.

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Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann prides themselves on hard work and proven results.They earnestly work to provide the best outcomes for their clients. It's truly been an honor to work with them.

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