Jury Awards $3.4 Million

Jerry Crutchfield was doing carpentry work in the rafters of a Massachusetts church when the nail gun he was using "violently kicked back," forcing a 31 2-inch nail through his cheek and into his brain. Full Story
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Mac

Danbury, CT

#21 Dec 9, 2007
bob parzych wrote:
why did this moron and his ambulance chasing lawyer win an award for doing something incredibly stupid. How is Stanly Inc responsible for somebody that clearly used this nail gun wrong? How is Home Depot liable? Nail guns are not designed to shoot through steel.I dont know to many carpenters that havent shot themselves with a nail, they will all tell you that they were being careless at the time or moving to fast, myself included. What ever happened to taking responsibility for your own actions? I think the judje should be thrown out for even allowing this case into his courtroom.
You probably needed to hear the weeks of evidence and listen carefully to the judge's charge on the law to answer this. Your comments show a complete lack of knowledge of the law and the system and a complete lack of respect for your fellow citizens and neighbors as they are the people who decided this case after hearing the weeks of evidence and listening carefully to the judge's charge on the law.
Chavez

Plainville, CT

#22 Dec 10, 2007
When humans misuse autombiles the victims & their families are not allowed to sue the automakers, when killers misuse guns the victims & thier families are not allowed to sue the gun manufacturers. This is crazy, a professional carpenter misused his tools and now the manuactuer is held liable....
Don't get me wrong I have all the sympathy in the world for this gentleman but I believe his lawyers are leading this case for big payday

Since: Apr 07

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#23 Dec 10, 2007
Joe Middletown CT wrote:
The jury deliberated for sixteen hours before coming up with a verdict.I'm sure they heard testimony that you and I weren't privy to,and scrutinized the aforementioned before making a decision.Even though Mr. Crutchfield was found 55 percent liable,that means the other parties involved were found 45 percent liable.One may think this is a frivilious lawsuit,however,this is the reason that we have trials by jury.
Trial by jury of his peers. How long did it take to find 12 other people as stupid as he was?

Are these the same people that look for gas leaks with open torches?

Since: Apr 07

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#24 Dec 10, 2007
bob parzych wrote:
why did this moron and his ambulance chasing lawyer win an award for doing something incredibly stupid. How is Stanly Inc responsible for somebody that clearly used this nail gun wrong? How is Home Depot liable? Nail guns are not designed to shoot through steel.I dont know to many carpenters that havent shot themselves with a nail, they will all tell you that they were being careless at the time or moving to fast, myself included. What ever happened to taking responsibility for your own actions? I think the judje should be thrown out for even allowing this case into his courtroom.
These people are the reason why the owners manual for these type of tools are 100 pages long with 80 pages of disclaimers and advise not to nail your head to the wall, don't operate nail gun while driving a motor vehicle, not to operate this nail gun while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Now to include do not attempt to use this tool to secure metal objects together.
Tim

Galion, OH

#25 Dec 10, 2007
Mr. Crutchfield deserves every penny.
Tim

Galion, OH

#26 Dec 10, 2007
90% of the comments on this Stanley verdict are ridiculous. I'm sensing 'verdict envy' from those who don't like the fact that Mr. Crutchfield is getting compensated. You all "blame the lawyers", as if Mr. Crutchfield's attorneys were able to cast a spell over the jury. Don't forget, Stanley has lawyers too ! Also, the jury DID find Mr. Crutchfield 55% at fault. Not everything in the world is black and white. People with brains, including those on the jury, obviously understood these nuances - something most of the people posting about this story can't grasp.
Roxana

Hamden, CT

#27 Dec 10, 2007
Alot of you think he's an idiot but hey he got 3.4 million dollars so do you all think he cares what you guys think of him?? I know this guy and he is a hard working family man. I'm glad he got the money because he deserves it. Stop hating!
Mac

Waterbury, CT

#28 Dec 11, 2007
Middletown Joe wrote:
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Trial by jury of his peers. How long did it take to find 12 other people as stupid as he was?
Are these the same people that look for gas leaks with open torches?
Your ignorance is showing. It is a jury of 6. Hopefully you will never sit on one.

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#29 Dec 11, 2007
Mac wrote:
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Your ignorance is showing. It is a jury of 6. Hopefully you will never sit on one.
Oh Mac, I stand corrected, my apologies to those offended. My experience with the legal system is nil, my wife likes it that way.

Since: Apr 07

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#30 Dec 11, 2007
Mac wrote:
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Your ignorance is showing. It is a jury of 6. Hopefully you will never sit on one.
Your cutting instance of intelligence still doesn't change the content of my post though. Attempting to drive a pneumatically powered nail in to a piece of steel is clearly stupid.

What kind of instructions would the judge give this jury that would change their findings?
"Ladies and gentlemen, you are charged, not with the duty of using your God given power to think and reason, but to ask yourself if, it was indeed THAT nail, that entered his brain and dropped his functional capacity to what most practical people already thought had hit rock bottom."
Mac

Oakville, CT

#31 Dec 11, 2007
Middletown Joe wrote:
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Your cutting instance of intelligence still doesn't change the content of my post though. Attempting to drive a pneumatically powered nail in to a piece of steel is clearly stupid.
What kind of instructions would the judge give this jury that would change their findings?
"Ladies and gentlemen, you are charged, not with the duty of using your God given power to think and reason, but to ask yourself if, it was indeed THAT nail, that entered his brain and dropped his functional capacity to what most practical people already thought had hit rock bottom."
Sorry I was so snippy. He or she explained the law to them. The idiot with the gun was not given a free ride, the amount of the damages was reduced by 55%. He was held responsible for his negligent acts and the company was held responsible for it's short comings. I am sure that there will be a Motion to Reduce the Damages, a Motion to Set Aside the Verdict and then ultimately an Appeal. The last word has not yet been written on this.

Since: Nov 07

Reading, Mass

#32 Dec 11, 2007
Well, I have to agree that very foolish people (maybe with no thinking skills, reasoning skills??) will do stupid or dangerous things, never thinking of the consequences! This is the case with this carpenter. He most likely is the type who would go sit in a metal chair on his front lawn to watch a thunder/lightening storm. Seriously. This man has four children-probably raised in the same sad way. NO thinking skills. He caused his own injuries. The world is full of idiots who blame others for their moronic actions.

Since: Nov 07

Reading, Mass

#33 Dec 11, 2007
Roxana wrote:
Alot of you think he's an idiot but hey he got 3.4 million dollars so do you all think he cares what you guys think of him?? I know this guy and he is a hard working family man. I'm glad he got the money because he deserves it. Stop hating!
Roxana !! He does NOT "have $3.4 mil" but HALF of that if that much.
His lawyer saw to that. LOL.

Since: Apr 07

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#34 Dec 12, 2007
Mac wrote:
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Sorry I was so snippy. He or she explained the law to them. The idiot with the gun was not given a free ride, the amount of the damages was reduced by 55%. He was held responsible for his negligent acts and the company was held responsible for it's short comings. I am sure that there will be a Motion to Reduce the Damages, a Motion to Set Aside the Verdict and then ultimately an Appeal. The last word has not yet been written on this.
Likewise Mac, I am not so caught up in the legal system working itself out as I am replaying the initial act of firing a metal object, with 125 psi of force, into another metal object. The visual should be entered in to the the script of the next "Jackass" movie. Human beings never cease to amaze me.
Enough is Enough

Hartford, CT

#35 Dec 12, 2007
What more needs to be heard other than this dumbell improperly used this tool. All these idiots on the jury saw was 3.4 million is a drop in the bucket to Home Depot and Stanley. I hope they appeal and award this clown what he deserves - not 3.4 million but $3.40. I'm surprised he didn't sue the company that made the nails because they were too strong.
Isn't anyone held accountable for their actions anymore?
Luther

Newark, NJ

#36 Dec 16, 2007
I'm ashamed of this country. This idiot should have lost the case. It's too bad he didn't just die instead then he couldn't have filed a case. The jury should be drawn & quartered.
Mac

South Britain, CT

#37 Dec 16, 2007
Luther wrote:
I'm ashamed of this country. This idiot should have lost the case. It's too bad he didn't just die instead then he couldn't have filed a case. The jury should be drawn & quartered.
Take your shame and get the hell out. NOW!
Bill

United States

#38 Dec 18, 2007
There must be more to the story. The gun was being used improperly, nailing into metal. Sorry Mr. Crutchfield was injured so severely, but it is a stretch to assess any blame on the manufacturer in this case.
Tim

Columbus, OH

#39 Dec 21, 2007
Luther wrote:
I'm ashamed of this country. This idiot should have lost the case. It's too bad he didn't just die instead then he couldn't have filed a case. The jury should be drawn & quartered.
The fact that you wrote "too bad he didn't just die" says a lot about you. You're such a compassionate human being. Some day you may need the judicial system to right a wrong. I hope for your sake your words don't come back to haunt you.

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