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Profile: InterCity Testing & Consulting Corporation

Dr. Jeffrey Ketchman, P.E.
Dr. James Pugh, P.E.
Dr. Anthony Storace, P.E.
Lawrence K. Schneider, P.E.

167 Willis Avenue
Mineola, NY 11801
Phone: (516) 747-8400
Fax: (516) 746-0111/0121

Published Cases

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$10,600,000 VERDICT - PRODUCTS LIABILITY - DEFECTIVELY DESIGNED COMMERCIAL STORAGE RACK - RACK COLLAPSES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY FORKLIFT - MULTIPLE LUMBAR VERTEBRA FRACTURES - FOUR-LEVEL LUMBAR FUSION PERFORMED - PERMANENT NEUROLOGICAL INJURIES - URINARY INCONTINENCE - SEXUAL IMPOTENCE - CONFINEMENT TO WHEELCHAIR - TOTAL DISABILITY FROM EMPLOYMENT.
This was a products liability and negligence action brought against the manufacturer of an industrial warehouse storage rack as well as five other defendants. The other defendants including the owner of the facility where the incident occurred, several rack maintenance companies, and the installer and seller of the racking system, all settled the plaintiff’s claims shortly befor... - from The Pennsylvania Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (47638)
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CONFIDENTIAL RECOVERY Products liability - Defective design alleged - Kubota tractor falls over and kills operator while in use due to lack of roll bar.
The plaintiff’s decedent was using the tractor manufactured by the defendant. The tractor rolled over and killed the decedent operator. The plaintiff alleged defective design since the vehicle was not equipped with a safety roll over bar. The defendant denied any product design defect.

On April 2, 2003 the plaintiff’s 54-year-old decedent was using a Kubota Tractor Mode... (8640)
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$2,000,000 RECOVERY - FAILURE TO PLACE SAFETY CAGE ATTOP OF 29-FOOT TALL WALL-MOUNTED LADDER - LADDER USED BY PLAINTIFF STARTING UP RECENTLY INSTALLED HVAC SYSTEM - 24-FOOT FALL - BURST FRACTURE AT L-5 - FAILED INITIAL FUSION - CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROME - SHATTERED TIBIA/FIBULA - OPEN REDUCTION AND INTERNAL FIXATION - NON-UNION - INABILITY TO CONTINUE WORKING.
The plaintiff HVAC mechanic in his early 30s was in the process of starting up a new HVAC system that had recently been installed in a warehouse that had been constructed in 1984. The plaintiff contended that the upper portions of a 29-foot tall wall-mounted ladder attached from the roof should have been equipped with a safety cage. The plaintiff, who was descending the ladder aft... - from The New Jersey Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (32916)
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$4,500,000 VERDICT - PRODUCT LIABILITY - ALLEGEDLY DEFECTIVE INFLATABLE DEVICE USED TO STOP WATER FLOW IN SEWER PIPES - DEVICE EXPLODES UPON OVERINFLATION - ORBITAL FRACTURE - ULNAR FRACTURE - CLOSED HEAD INJURY - BRAIN DAMAGE - COGNITIVE DEFICITS.
The male plaintiff, age 34 years old at the time of injury, brought this action on theories of both strict liability and negligence.

The defendants included the supplier and the manufacturer of an inflatable device known as a "muni ball." The device, which is used to halt the flow of liquid in large sewer pipes, exploded while being inflated by the plaintiff. The plaintiff cl... - from The Pennsylvania Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (40909)
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$750,000 VERDICT - PRODUCTS LIABILITY - ALLEGEDLY DEFECTIVELY DESIGNED LAWN MOWER - FAILURE TO PROVIDE GUARD FOR DISCHARGE CHUTE - LACK OF ADEQUATE BOTTOM LIP - DISCHARGED NAIL STRIKES MINOR PLAINTIFF IN EYE - LOSS OF LEFT EYE.
This action was filed on behalf of the minor male plaintiff, who was 11 years old when a small nail flew out from under a neighbor’s lawnmower, striking the plaintiff in the left eye. The injury became severely infected resulting in removal of the left eye. The defendants included the seller of the Craftsman lawn mower, the 15-year-old boy who was using the mower, and the homeowner whose grass w... - from The Pennsylvania Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (40055)
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$525,000 VERDICT - REAR END COLLISION - RIGHT SIDED ULNAR NEUROPATHY AND CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME SUFFERED BY PLAINTIFF REQUIRING EXTENSIVE USE OF RIGHT ARM AND HAND BECAUSE OF POLIO.
In this action, the plaintiff in his mid-50’s contended that the defendant driver struck him in the rear, propelling his right arm into the dashboard. The plaintiff, who suffered polio as a child, contended that he suffered right sided ulnar neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome. The plaintiff maintained that because the deficit in the left leg was particularly severe, he had alwa... - from The New Jersey Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (32508)
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$300,000 VERDICT - PRODUCTS LIABILITY - DEFECTIVE PUNCH PRESS - LACK OF GUARD OVER FOOT PEDAL - LACK OF POINT OF OPERATION GUARD - FAILURE TO WARN - TRAUMATIC AMPUTATION OF NON- DOMINANT INDEX FINGER - CRUSH INJURY TO LONG FINGER.
The plaintiff, a 28-year-old inexperienced punch press operator, filed this action in strict liability against the manufacturer of a Niagara punch press and, under a negligence theory, against the owner of the machine. The plaintiff claimed that the punch press lacked adequate foot pedal and point of operation guards and that the defendants failed to warn of the dangerous conditio... - from The Pennsylvania Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (40194)
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DEFENDANT'S VERDICT - PRODUCTS LIABILITY - ALLEGED DEFECTIVE TABLE SAW - AMPUTATION OF RIGHT RING FINGER - FAILURE TO WARN - PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURIES.
The plaintiff, a carpenter, alleged that a table saw manufactured by the defendant was defectively designed in that its blade guard was not suitable for all purposes for which the saw could be used. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that the guard could not be used in a tilted position and was foreseeably removed by the plaintiff’s employer. As a result, the plaintiff sustained ... - from The Pennsylvania Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (35003)
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$85,000 GROSS VERDICT Products liability - Allegedly defective clamping device on splicing welder - Surgical amputation of non-dominant index finger.
The male plaintiff, age 40 at the time of injury, filed this action against the defendant supplier of welding equipment on products liability and negligence theories. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant was responsible for the lack of a two- hand control on a clamping device for a splicing welder which crushed the plaintiff’s left index finger, resulting in its surgical amp... - from The Pennsylvania Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (35056)
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$1,500,000 VERDICT - TORT CLAIMS ACT - FAILURE TO CORRECT DANGEROUS CONDITION AT CURVE IN ROADWAY - SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH - TRAUMATIC AMPUTATION OF PINKIE, RING AND MIDDLE FINGERS OF NON-DOMINANT HAND.
This was a Tort Claims Act case in which the plaintiff driver contended that as a result of the alleged palpably unreasonable failure of the state to correct a dangerous condition involving ruts on the roadway at a curve, he hydroplaned during rainy road conditions, striking a utility pole. The plaintiff also contended that the state acted in a palpably unreasonable manner in p... - from The New Jersey Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (31663)
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$2,800,000 RECOVERY DURING TRIAL - PLAINTIFF COURIER DRIVER CONTENDS THAT WHILE STOPPED IN TRAFFIC, HE IS STRUCK IN REAR INITIALLY BY FIRST DEFENDANT - SECOND DEFENDANT DRIVER THEN STRUCK THE FIRST DEFENDANT, PUSHING THE FIRST DEFENDANT'S VEHICLE IN REAR OF PLAINTIFF'S CAR - AGGRAVATION AND EXACERBATION OF PREVIOUSLY ASYMPTOMATIC DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE - "EGG-SHELL" PLAINTIFF - CERVICAL CORD COMPRESSION - POSTERIOR FUSION INVOLVING C3 THOUGH C7.
The plaintiff van driver, 53-years old at the time of the accident and 57-years old at trial, contended that as he was stopped in traffic in his courier van, he was struck an initial time by the first defendant, and then moments later, he was struck a second time when the second defendant came upon the scene and struck the initial defendant, propelling his car into the plaintiff’s van. The plaint... - from The New York Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (48147)
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DEFENDANT''S VERDICT Products liability - Allegedly defectively designed fork lift - Plaintiff pinned against wall by machine - Ruptured colon - Cervical injuries.
The plaintiff claimed that a forklift known as a "Walkie-Stacker" was defectively designed by the defendant Crown Equipment Corporation, resulting in the plaintiff being pinned against a wall. The seller of the forklift was also named as a defendant in the case. The defendants argued that the plaintiff’s injuries resulted from misuse of the machine.

The plaintiff was trained and a... - from The Florida Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (41630)
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$778,875 VERDICT - REAR END COLLISION - LUMBAR DISC BULGE - LUMBAR DISC HERNIATION - CERVICAL STRAIN - THORACIC STRAIN - DIMINISHED EARNING CAPACITY FROM EMPLOYMENT AS TRUCK DRIVER - DAMAGES/CAUSATION ONLY.
The plaintiff claimed that the delivery truck he was driving was stopped to make a left turn when it was struck from behind by the defendant’s pickup truck. The defendant admitted negligence, but disputed the causation and seriousness of the plaintiff’s injuries.

The plaintiff was a 40-year-old, full-time driver for a beer distributor and was in the course and scope of his em... - from The Florida Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (26960)
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$14,000,000 RECOVERY - FALLING OBJECT - PRODUCT LIABILITY - DEFECTIVE DESIGN AND SALE OF HOIST - FAILURE TO INCLUDE BALLAST BLOCKS AND BALLAST BOX AS STANDARD EQUIPMENT - HOIST FALLS FROM ROOF AND STRIKES PLAINTIFF IN THE HEAD - CRUSH INJURY TO SKULL - TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY - PERMANENT LEFT-SIDED HEMIPLEGIA - LOSS OF USE OF LEFT ARM.
This was a product liability action brought against the defendant manufacturer and distributor of an Aeroil RB-3 Hoist which catapulted from a roof and struck the plaintiff in the head. The plaintiff claimed that the hoist was defective in that it lacked ballast blocks and a ballast box as standard equipment and that it lacked on-product instructions regarding the amount of cou... - from The Pennsylvania Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (40618)
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$525,000 RECOVERY - FAILURE OF MALL TO MAINTAIN VESTIBULE AREA BETWEEN INNER AND OUTER DOORS - ELDERLY PLAINTIFF TRIPS ON BUCKLED CARPET SQUARE AND FALLS FORWARD - ENUCLEATION OF EYE - LOSS OF SENSE OF SMELL.
In this action, the plaintiff, age 77 at the time of the incident and 80 at trial, contended that the defendant mall negligently failed to maintain the carpeting situated in the vestibule between the outer and inner doors. The plaintiff contended that the carpeting, which consisted of a series of carpet squares attached to the floor with adhesive material, frequently buckled, c... - from The New Jersey Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (32416)
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$1,700,000 RECOVERY - REAR END COLLISION - CERVICAL HERNIATION - SEVERE SOFT TISSUE WRIST INJURY NECESSITATING FUSION - TALUS FRACTURE - UNSUCCESSFUL FUSION.
In this action, the female plaintiff in her 50s contended that as a result of the negligence of the defendant truck driver, who struck her in the rear while she was stopped at a traffic light, she sustained a cervical herniation requiring fusion surgery, severe tendon and ligament damage to the left, non- dominant wrist which also required a fusion and a chondryl fracture to the... - from The New Jersey Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (32084)
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$4,025,000 VERDICT - PRODUCTS LIABILITY - AUTO DEFECT - SEATBELT DEFECT - DEFECTIVELY DESIGNED PICK-UP TRUCK - CENTER SEAT BELT BUCKLE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE WITH DRIVER'S RECEPTACLE - PLAINTIFF INEBRIATED CENTER SEAT PASSENGER INADVERTENTLY PLACES BELT INTO RECEPTACLE OF UNBELTED DRIVER - QUADRIPLEGIA SUFFERED UPON SINGLE VEHICLE ROLL-OVER COLLISION - ENHANCED INJURIES CAUSED BY DEFECT.
This was an action involving a plaintiff passenger in a Toyota pick-up truck who contended that the truck was defectively designed because the center seat belt buckle was not interchangeable with the driver’s receptacle. The plaintiff, who was a commercial fisherman, contended that he was in the center of the bench seat as he was leaning against the duffel bag to his right, mai... - from The New Jersey Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (31910)
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$1,356,507 VERDICT - PEDESTRIAN ALLEGEDLY STRUCK BYBUS DRIVER AS BUS IS TURNING AND PEDESTRIAN EITHER ON SIDEWALK OR DIRECTLY NEXT TO CURB - DEATH ACTION - INTOXICATED DECEDENT.
This was a death action in which the plaintiff contended that the defendant bus driver negligently made a right hand turn while he was too close to the curb and negligently failed to make observations in his sideview mirror. The plaintiff contended that as a result, the 50-year-old decedent was struck when he was either standing on the curb or directly next to it while in the street a... - from The New York Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (33162)
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$2,280,000 VERDICT - PRODUCTS LIABILITY - MOTORCYCLE DEFECT - FAILURE TO PROVIDE KICK STAND WHICH WOULD RETRACT UPON CONTACTING GROUND IN EVENT OPERATOR FAILED TO ELEVATE KICK-STAND - INCOMPLETE AMPUTATIONS OF DOMINANT ARM AT ELBOW AND 1/2 OF FOOT - FUTURE CONFINEMENT TO WHEELCHAIR.
This was an action in which the plaintiff motorcycle passenger contended that the motorcycle was defectively designed because of the absence of a device which would retract the kick-stand, situated on the left side of the motorcycle, if it struck the ground as an operator was turning left. The plaintiff also contended that the co-defendant motorcycle operator negligently failed... - from The National Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (29992)
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$5,930,499 VERDICT - PRODUCTS LIABILITY - VOLKSWAGEN JETTA - DESIGN DEFECT - UNSAFE RESTRAINT SYSTEM - PARAPLEGIC INJURY SUFFERED BY 16-YEAR-OLD PLAINTIFF IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT.
This products liability action involved a minor male plaintiff, age 16 when he suffered paralysis at the T-8 level as a result of being ejected from a 1987 Volkswagen Jetta during a rollover accident. The vehicle was equipped with the VW passive restraint system consisting of a single strap attached to the door. The plaintiff’s cause of action, brought against the defendants Vo... - from The National Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (29688)
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$90 VERDICT - REAR END COLLISION - ALLEGED BULGING CERVICAL DISC - MILD CHRONIC CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY - CERVICAL SPRAIN AND STRAIN.
The female plaintiff, age 32 at the time of injury, alleged a permanent cervical injury as a result of a rear end collision by the defendant driver. The defendant stressed the lack of property damage to the vehicles involved and evidence of the plaintiff’s involvement in four subsequent accidents to argue that she sustained, at most, a mild cervical strain in the collision. The ... - from The Pennsylvania Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (34856)
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$10,000 GROSS VERDICT - MOTOR VEHICLE NEGLIGENCE - INTERSECTION COLLISION - SEPARATED SHOULDER.
The 31-year-old driver contended that as a result of the negligence of the defendant driver, who failed to stop at a red light and who was speeding, his car was struck, causing him to suffer a shoulder dislocation. The plaintiff and his passenger contended that the defendant had the red light and was traveling at a much greater speed than permitted in the 30 mph zone. The plai... - from The New York Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (25300)
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$3,030,000 VERDICT - NEGLIGENCE OF HOUSING AUTHORITYEMPLOYEE WHO TURNS ON GAS TWO DAYS AFTER PLAINTIFF''S DETECTION OF ODOR PROMPTS FIRE DEPARTMENT TO SHUT OFF GAS - EXPLOSION - PLAINTIFF PROPELLED ACROSS ROOM - LUMBAR HERNIATION NECESSITATING INITIAL SURGERY AND SECOND OPERATION BECAUSE OF DEVELOPMENT OF INFECTION - NO SIGNIFICANT BURN INJURIES.
The female plaintiff, in her early 50s, a public housing resident, contended that two days after the Fire Department had turned off her gas upon her detection of an odor, the defendant New York City Housing Authority’s maintenance worker negligently determined that there was no leak and turned the gas back on. The plaintiff maintained that a leak was, in fact, present and that an expl... - from The New York Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (42471)
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$1,800,000 VERDICT - PRODUCTS LIABILITY - STRICT LIABILITY - COMMON LAW NEGLIGENCE - BREACH OF IMPLIED WARRANTY - BABY RECEIVES SECOND AND THIRD DEGREE BURNS OVER 30% OF BODY FROM SCALDING WATER FROM ELECTRIC COFFEE URN.
The plaintiff, a nine-month-old baby, was crawling on the floor of her family’s kitchen. Her older sister, a minor, was making a bottle for the plaintiff by using the hot water in a 12 to 30 cup electric coffee urn. The cup on the urn tipped over and the baby was scalded over 30% of her body with second and third degree burns. The plaintiff, by her parents, sued the defendants sel... - from The New York Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (34060)
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$2,045,000 VERDICT - PRODUCTS LIABILITY - DEFECTIVE DESIGN OF "TILTING" KETTLE - MANUFACTURING DEFECT - INADEQUATE WARNINGS - HOT SOUP SPILLS ON PLAINTIFF CAUSING SECOND AND THIRD DEGREE BURNS.
The plaintiff was employed at a restaurant/delicatessen where a 60-gallon "tilting" kettle of hot soup tilted and spilled onto his legs and feet, causing significant burn injuries. The defendants in the case included the manufacturer of the tilting industrial soup kettle as well as the company which installed and maintained the unit. The plaintiff asserted negligence claims as ... - from The Florida Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (26841)
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$300,000 RECOVERY Products liability - Defective insect fogger - Use of flammable propellant - Fire - Burn injuries to leg.
The female plaintiff contended that the defendant’s home insect fogger or roach bomb, marketed as "La Bomba," was defective because it utilized propane as a propellant. The plaintiff contended that alternative, non-flammable propellants were available and should have been utilized. The plaintiff related that she had turned off the pilot light for the top of her range, but not f... - from The New York Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (23395)
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$2,000,000 RECOVERY DURING TRIAL - PRODUCTS LIABILITY - SWEATER MADE OF COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL - SEVERE BURN INJURIES - PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION OF IMPORTED SWEATER AT ISSUE.
This was a products liability action in which the female plaintiff in her mid-30’s contended that the sweater sold by the defendant retailer and distributed by the defendant importer, which was manufactured in mainland China, was defective because it was comprised of highly flammable material. The plaintiff contended that as a result, the sweater became engulfed in flames as sh... - from The National Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (28187)
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$525,000 RECOVERY - FAILURE OF MALL TO MAINTAIN VESTIBULE AREA BETWEEN INNER AND OUTER DOORS - ELDERLY PLAINTIFF TRIPS ON BUCKLED CARPET SQUARE AND FALLS FORWARD - ENUCLEATION OF EYE - LOSS OF SENSE OF SMELL.
In this action, the plaintiff, age 77 at the time of the incident and 80 at trial, contended that the defendant mall negligently failed to maintain the carpeting situated in the vestibule between the outer and inner doors. The plaintiff contended that the carpeting, which consisted of a series of carpet squares attached to the floor with adhesive material, frequently buckled, c... - from The New Jersey Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (32416)
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$170,000 RECOVERY Products Liability - Improper design of cooking brandy bottle - Bottle contains spout and handle which encourages pouring into pan - Failure to warn of potential flashback - Burns to upper torso.
The male plaintiff, a chef in his mid-30’s, contended that after he removed a pan from the flame to pour brandy for flambee, a flashback occurred, causing an explosion within the bottle which resulted in second and third degree burns to the torso. The plaintiff maintained that the defendant had encouraged users to pour the brandy directly from the bottle into the pan by providi... - from The New Jersey Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (19595)
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$5,930,499 VERDICT - PRODUCTS LIABILITY - VOLKSWAGEN JETTA - DESIGN DEFECT - UNSAFE RESTRAINT SYSTEM - PARAPLEGIC INJURY SUFFERED BY 16-YEAR-OLD PLAINTIFF IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT.
This products liability action involved a minor male plaintiff, age 16 when he suffered paralysis at the T-8 level as a result of being ejected from a 1987 Volkswagen Jetta during a rollover accident. The vehicle was equipped with the VW passive restraint system consisting of a single strap attached to the door. The plaintiff’s cause of action, brought against the defendants Vo... - from The National Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (29688)
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