Unanimous Jury Finds That Employer Is Not Responsible for Employee’s Physical Injuries
An employee who suffered a fall in the workplace sued our client Stanley Black & Decker in an Ohio state trial court. He claimed that he suffered injuries to his neck and left shoulder. The case presented large potential exposure for the client, including extensive medical expenditures to repair the employee’s left shoulder and a cervical disc. Through complex expert medical testimony, we established for the jury that the workplace fall was not the cause of the employee’s neck or shoulder injuries, but instead that the employee’s conditions resulted from the natural degeneration of his body over a thirty year period. Our cross-examination of the plaintiff’s medical expert persuaded the jury that the expert’s opinions were uncertain and equivocal. The jury deliberated only fifteen minutes before returning its unanimous defense verdict.