PRODUCT LIABILITY RESULT:

FENSTERMACHER v. TELELECT, INC.

Product liability claimed against Defendant. Plaintiff, an employee of KPL Gas Service Co., was in a bucket hoisted by a boom and was working on a 7,200 volt power line when he was injured by the electric current. Defendant was the manufacturer of the boom. Plaintiff alleged that the boom was not properly insulated.

Damages Alleged: Severe burns to both arms resulting in loss of arms at shoulder through amputation at age 45.

  • $154,998.12 medical expenses
  • $2,900,000 future medical expenses & lifetime care
  • $120,000 lost wages
  • $800,000 future lost wages

Verdict: Plaintiff found 0% at fault: KPL found 2% at fault; Defendant found $98% at fault. Plaintiff’s damages evaluated at $8,154,009.12 – net recovery to plaintiff of $5,301,898.16 after cap and less 2%; and punitive damages to be determined by the Court.