Results & Settlements

DAWN M. PINNISI OBTAINS A $1 MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT ON BEHALF OF A 10 MONTH OLD INFANT WHOSE RIGHT RING FINGER WAS PARTIALLY AMPUTATED BY A DEFECTIVE STROLLER

On May 11, 2010 by the entrance to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, the infant plaintiff’s right ring finger got caught in the defective handlebar hinge of a Kolcraft Contours Option four wheeler stroller, model # ZL005, causing her to sustain a traumatic partial amputation of the finger. Ms. Pinnisi hired an engineer to perform an inspection of the stroller which revealed that the infant plaintiff’s injury was caused by a scissoring mechanism present in the stroller’s handlebar hinge which created two forms of mechanical hazard: a pinch point hazard which results in a crush injury and a shear point hazard which results in a cutting injury, making the stroller unreasonably dangerous and unfit for its intended purpose. The expert engineer opined that had Kolcraft simply put a guard or protective cover over the hinge, the infant plaintiff’s injury would have been prevented. After receiving the engineer’s findings, Ms. Pinnisi immediately contacted the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and obtained a recall of the subject model stroller.
http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2012/Strollers-Recalled-by-Kolcraft-Due-to-Fingertip-Amputation-and-Laceration-Hazards/
An action was commenced and litigated through to the trial phase. After jury selection, Ms. Pinnisi obtained a $1 million dollar settlement, a portion of which was put into a structured settlement on behalf of the infant that is expected to pay out over $4 million dollars throughout her lifetime.

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