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Legal Memorandum: Products-Liability Cases involving Burns

Issue: Based on Oklahoma law, what range of verdict and settlements have been reported involving serious burn injuries suffered by male victims in products-liability suits?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure, Personal Injury & Negligence
Keywords: Serious burn injuries; Products liability case; Verdicts and settlements
Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 01/01/2005

  An online search through jury verdict and settlement files in several databases for Oklahoma cases involving male plaintiffs who suffered serious burn injuries yielded verdicts and settlements ranging from $13,500 to $12.4 million, with an overall average of $6,206,750.  In just the products-liability cases, the verdicts ranged from $4 million to $12.4 million, with an average of $8.2 million.

Products-Liability Burn Cases Involving Male Plaintiffs

  • Martin v. Source Prod. & Equip. Co., No. CIF-92-2213 L (Okla. Sept. 1994) (the jury reached a defense verdict in this medical-commodity products-liability case involving a 25-year-old radiographer who suffered radiation burns when exposed to radiation; the defendant argued that the plaintiff’s injuries were a result of his own negligence).
  • Honeycutt v. Phillips Petroleum Co., No. 86-193-C (Okla. 1987) (the plaintiff recovered $4 million in this products-liability case involving a defective heater that exploded when the plaintiff attempted to light it; the explosion caused moderate burns over one-third of the plaintiffs’ bodies (the plaintiffs included a 21-year-old male laborer, a 19-year-old female, and a two-year-old female)).
  • Balthis (aka Baltuis) v. Bic Corp., No. C-90-87 (Creek County, Ohio 1992) (multiple suits involving serious burn injuries to male and female minors, who were playing with lighters, with verdicts in each case over $7 million).
  • Walton v. Black & Decker, Inc., No. CJ-85-6835 (Oklahoma County, Okla. Apr. 1989) (a plaintiff’s verdict of $10 million was reached in this defective hand […]

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