Products Liability – Architecture and Engineering

Stacking Merchandise

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

The woman and her husband were walking down the aisle of a home improvement store when a large shower stall was pushed by a store employee from a high rack where it had been stored by the home improvement store.   The shower stall fell on top of the woman causing serious and permanent injuries.

Store Design; Inadequate Security

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

Sixteen-year-old convenience-store customer sustained catastrophic anoxic brain injury when an altercation ensued at an unmonitored outdoor alcove of a convenience store; the alcove was a known "blind spot" to convenience store employees.   The convenience store, which was a standard design built to convenience store specifications, was a defectively designed product. The convenience store was

Fallen Power Line

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

Minor was electrocuted when she came into contact with a high voltage uninsulated live primary electric power line owned by defendant.   The line had fallen during a major storm, and had remained down for an estimated 27 hours despite more than 25 calls to defendant reporting it as down. The wire was of such

Power Line; Inadequate Fusing

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

Plaintiff, a 15-year-old girl, and her friends were walking in their suburban neighborhood following a winter blizzard.   The streets had been plowed. A live electric wire was hanging down on the sidewalk. The plaintiff came into contact with the wire and was electrocuted. There was inadequate fusing and other necessary protections.[115]

Electric Power Lines and Wires

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

The plaintiff's decedent died as a result of exposure to live electric power lines and wires adjacent to the family home premises.   The plaintiff charged the public utility with negligently constructing and selecting power lines and wires which were dangerous and defective, that lacked adequate insulation, and that were maintained dangerously close to where

Telephone Pole

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

A young man, upon leaving a friend's house after a party, bumped into the guy wire of a telephone pole and was electrocuted.   The guy wire was electrified as a result of defective crosswiring and grounding.[113]

High-Voltage Electrical Wire; Lack of Insulators

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

Plaintiff, a 40-year-old laborer, was installing aluminum siding on a house. Power lines were located in close proximity to the house where he was working.   The insulation on the power lines was frayed and broken and the live wires were exposed. The power company knew that the plaintiff was working near the lines, but

Stairway Design

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

A woman shopper on her way down a set of stairs in a department store, fell, sustaining severe and permanent hip injury.   Plaintiff's expert concluded that the fall was causally connected to the design of the stairway. A problem existed with respect to the width of the stair and its nosing.

Utility Power Tower; Another Example

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

In a fact pattern similar to §1:286, a 12-year-old boy climbed a high tension utility tower on the grounds of a state institution.   The pole itself was designed by a utility company in such a manner so as to resemble a "jungle gym." It was easily scaled by children. There were no warnings of

Utility Power Pole

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

A 12-year-old boy was playing with some friends in a playground located on government property. There was a high tension utility tower near the swings.   The tower was not fenced off so that children could not reach it, and there were no warning signs about the presence of high voltage electricity there. The tower

Utility Pole

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

A bus which was parked in front of an amusement park slowly backed up and hit a utility pole. The concrete pole was set 13 inches from the curve.   The pole snapped and fell upon a nine-year-old girl on a recreational trip with her family. The child was killed instantly. Questions are raised, in

Highway Barrier

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

A woman was driving down a divided four-lane highway. As she negotiated a curve in the road, her car skidded on some material that was on the road.   Her car crashed into the guardrail barrier which separated her lane from the lanes of oncoming cars. The barrier was defectively designed and it was insufficient

Fire Extinguisher

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

A fire extinguisher in the hallway fell on a child's foot, causing a severe laceration to the big toe.   Although tendon and cartilage damage was repaired, there is a question of whether or not bone epiphysis was damaged so that the toe might not grow normally. The bracket holding the fire extinguisher was a

Subway Train Station Design

July 10, 2018|0 Comments

While waiting for a subway train, a woman fell onto the tracks where she lay until run over by an oncoming train, causing paralyzing injuries.   The plaintiff brought suit on the theory that the platform and track area was negligently designed because there existed no system to detect her presence on the tracks and


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