John Deere Successfully Sued in Product Liability Case

A tree trimming service employee sued John Deere and ERB Equipment Company of Illinois, Inc. for unsafe design of a tractor.

The product liability suit, filed in June of 2006, followed a November 2002 injury in which a man was using a John Deere bobcat with a tree grappler attachment to remove trees and stumps. Holding a nearby handle, the plaintiff was standing on the grappler when the bobcat pitched forward. The man fell off the equipment and was run over.

The plaintiff alleged that John Deere was negligent in its design of the bobcat, which encouraged users to stand in a place that put them at risk for falling. Other employees had stood on the grappler, believing that the placement of a handle near the scoop meant they could safely stand there.

Represented by Michael Glisson from the law office of Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson, the plaintiff received a settlement by mediation.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, plaintiffs received favorable outcomes in product liability lawsuits only 34% of the time from 2002 to 2003, as compared to 57% success in car accident cases.

As a result, products liability cases should be trusted with experts with a history of success. Having won countless favorable outcomes since 1972, WWF&G is a firm you can count on to push your case to the fullest extent. The partners are all in favor of holding manufacturers of faulty, dangerous products responsible for injuries they cause.

Thomas Falb and Michael Glisson are standing by to assist in your case. Both attorneys are certified to provide legal counsel in the states of Illinois and Missouri, and both offer free consultations for potential clients. WWF&G guarantees that clients will not need to pay any fee unless the attorneys make a recovery on your behalf.