January 27, 2022

Eric Steinhoff and Patrick Larkin obtained a full defense verdict in a gas explosion case.  The case was tried over six full days in Swift County (Benson, Minnesota).  Plaintiffs claimed that the firm’s client was negligent in providing furnace installation and furnace maintenance services and that such negligence caused the explosion which severely burned the Plaintiff.  Plaintiff and his wife sought roughly $14 million in damages but the jury awarded $0.00 for all areas of claimed damages.  One of the main disputes in the damages aspect of the case was Plaintiff claimed a large loss of earning capacity claim even though he had returned to work and testified in court that his self-owed farming business was  earning more money now than it ever had.  The jury denounced Plaintiffs’ claims for liability and Plaintiffs’ claim for exaggerated damages in their entirety.