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Trial Attorneys Secure Defense Verdict After Six Week Catastrophic Personal Injury/Death Case in Camden County, NJ

February 21, 2012

On February 14, 2012, a nine-person jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of our client, a Delaware Valley material handling service and supply company. The case involved catastrophic personal injury and death arising from a pallet truck warehouse accident in Pitman, N.J. in 2005. The plaintiff alleged that the firm’s client negligently maintained the pallet truck causing a braking failure. 

The plaintiff-widow, suing on her own behalf and on behalf of the estate of her late husband, sought economic loss in excess of $4.2 million as well as pain and suffering damages arising from the four years the decedent survived the accident. 

The decedent sustained an abdominal injury which resulted in multiple surgical resections of portions of his intestines leading to a short gut syndrome. The Plaintiff had demanded $15 million at the time White and Williams was retained by the client’s excess insurance carrier shortly before trial.

Robert G. Devine, lead counsel, along with Michael W. Horner and Victor J. Zarrilli, represented the client explaining - by way of an electrical engineering expert witness's opinion as well as a company mechanic's testimony - that the nature of the electrical system, troubleshooting and how the repair work was performed could not have caused the defect or failure.

The six-week trial was held before the Honorable Louis J. Meloni, Superior Court of New Jersey – Law Division – Camden County. 

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