Defective Products Case Results

For more than three decades, the attorneys at Langdon & Emison have successfully litigated claims involving many different types of defective products. The lawsuits that arise over defective or dangerous products that hurt innocent people require a law firm with deep experience in this type of litigation. The examples below demonstrate some of our successes in this practice area.


$6 million verdict, Defective Fan, Mason v. Wal-Mart

The Mason family purchased a fan at Wal-Mart that caught fire and tragically burned a 14 month-old baby child to death while sleeping in the room. The fan did not have a cut-off device that would have prevented it from overheating and catching fire. A Jackson County, Mo., jury awarded a verdict of $6 million to the family.

$4 million recovery, Hunting Tree Harness Accident

Our firm successfully settled a lawsuit involving a tree harness that was used to secure a man 20 to 30 feet up a tree while he hunted. After 20 to 30 minutes, the tree harness failed, causing our client to fall and sustain severe and permanent injuries. Our legal team successfully argued:

  • The parts chosen to secure our client in the tree were defective and violated industry standards.
  • The snap-hook and V-ring combination in the tree harness was susceptible to roll-out when twisting forces were applied; yet, hunters were encouraged to use the harness to twist around trees to obtain a wide variety of shot angles.

$2 million verdict, Tractor Rollover/Lack of Rollover Protection System, Miller v. Massey Ferguson

A 1966 Massey Ferguson tractor hit a hidden hole and rolled over onto a levy. The tractor was not equipped with rollover protection system and the driver was killed.

Repelling Demonstration Accident

A Georgia man and Major in the U.S. Marine Corps was severely injured during a repelling demonstration when his safety harness failed due to a defective carabiner, causing him to fall 25 feet to the ground. The carabiner was purchased as part of a bail-out kit.  Langdon & Emison successfully showed:

  • The bail-out kit manufacturer failed to warn that the kit was not complete and did not include the proper usage warnings to its consumers.
  • The carabiner manufacturer sold a defective carabiner in the bail-out kit and failed to warn that the carabiner should not be attached to certain types of equipment, in this case, an eyebolt.
  • The carabiner was designed and manufactured using an aluminum that was cheaper, weaker and prone to fail at a pressure greater than 600 lbs.

Child Car Seat/Automatic Seat Belt, Lawson v. Century Child Seats and GM

A young child was riding in a car seat when this vehicle was in a head-on collision. The child suffered serious brain damage. 

Four-Wheeler Accident, James v. Kawasaki

The front wheel structure on a 4-wheeler failed, resulting in the ejection of our client and rendering him paraplegic.

Defective Crane and Electrocution, Page v. Ameren Union Electric

Mr. Page was operating a defective crane that came into contact with a high-voltage power line. He was critically injured during the accident, and his injuries resulted in a triple amputation. The case settled in St. Louis for a favorable amount for our client.

Defective Crane, Coral v. Terex et al.

A Florida man was killed when a mobile truck-mounted crane, or “boom truck” tipped over, crushing him to death. Cranes and lifts are often designed without adequate safety protections, such as an outrigger interlock, a system used to prevent the boom from being extended without the outriggers being firmly locked in place. Many other cranes are equipped with a safety device that would have prevented this accident, but the crane manufacturer decided it was not worth the cost, despite knowing the boom would still operate if the outrigger was not deployed.


Contact the trial attorneys who win: Langdon & Emison

If you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one due to a defective product, contact Langdon & Emison at 800-397-4910 or complete an online form. We will review your case for a potential product defect at no cost or obligation to you.