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IADC Members Michael J. Wiggins and Michael Correnti Receive Defense Verdict on Behalf of Crown Equipment Corporation

Published 11-10-21 by IADC


IADC Members Michael J. Wiggins and Michael Correnti of McDonald Toole Wiggins, P.A., received a defense verdict on behalf of Crown Equipment Corporation on October 14, 2021 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. The verdict came after two weeks of trial to an eight member jury, which returned the verdict unanimously.


The jury rejected Plaintiffs’ claims in a product liability suit against Crown, a forklift manufacturer based in New Bremen, Ohio. The jury deliberated for approximately three hours and voted 8-0 in favor of Crown and against Plaintiffs Alexander McHale and his wife Ashley McHale. The lawsuit was based on a March 2015 accident involving a Crown stand-up rider RC5500 lift truck at Amazon’s fulfillment center warehouse in Lakeland, Florida. On that day, Mr. McHale was operating the Crown RC5500 and placed his left foot outside the forklift’s operator compartment resulting in a crush injury when his foot became caught between the forklift and a steel end cap. Mr. McHale sustained a below the knee amputation resulting from the accident. Plaintiffs sought approximately $15 million in damages primarily based upon past medical expenses, future medical expenses and pain and suffering.


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