Chair product defect investigation

Manufacturing Defect: Plaintiff Side

Multi-Disciplinary Investigation of a Chair Failure

A plaintiff was leaning back on his office chair when he heard a loud snapping noise and fell backwards off the chair.  Through x-rays we were able to determine a that a torsion rod intended to provide stability to the chair back had broken.

With the opposing side’s cooperation, we performed a destructive inspection together with a metallurgical examination that revealed a manufacturing defect in the torsion rod that caused it to fail.

The plaintiff, who was a fireman, was unable to work due to his injuries.  Plaintiff received a seven figure settlement.

Forensic Investigation of Chair Failure

The subject chair after the incident (note that it does not return to the upright position).

Forensic Investigation

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