Product manufacturers and distributors have a duty to avoid selling dangerous and defective products that create a risk of harm to consumers and users. The types of product liability cases are as diverse as the types of products that can cause harm – from industrial equipment to motor vehicles to toys to pharmaceuticals. These cases are expensive to litigate and tough to win. Victims of unsafe products need a lawyer experienced in handling these types of claims.
The product liability recoveries that Youman and Caputo have secured or helped secure in their careers include:
- Defective air rifle Case
- Tucker Mahoney was a Bucks County teenager who suffered severe brain damage after a friend shot him in the head with a BB gun the two boys had thought was unloaded. Youman pursued the possibility that the powerful Daisy air rifle might be defective. It was. The resulting lawsuit settled for a sizeable sum. The case made national headlines – including an appearance by Youman and his co-counsel on ABC’s 20/20 – and resulted in a federal agency investigation as well as a government lawsuit seeking the recall of 7.4 million of the dangerous guns. Tucker Mahoney died several years after the incident.
- Baby crib case
- After representing the family of an infant who suffocated in defectively designed crib – and helping to obtain a significant recovery — Youman drafted proposed legislation, later passed into Pennsylvania law as the Pennsylvania Infant Crib Safety Act, that makes it illegal to sell or re-sell cribs that do not meet current federal safety standards.
- F-Series truck parking brake cases
- Caputo was co-counsel in the retrial of White v. Ford in which a federal jury in Nevada awarded $52 million in punitive damages to the family of a 3 year old boy who died as a result of a defective parking brake in a Ford F-Series truck. Later, Caputo was co-counsel for the family of a Pittsburgh man who died as a result of defective parking brake in a Ford F-Series truck. Caputo was co-counsel during the pretrial litigation phase of the case but left for the United States Attorney’s Office prior to trial, which resulted in a $9 million verdict.
- $5.6 million recovery in Pennsylvania product liability/medical malpractice case
- $3.7 million recovery in Pennsylvania product liability/medical malpractice case
- $3.5 recovery in Pennsylvania product liability case