Westerberg v. Roy George Rentals
Family of Man Killed By Fan Sliding Off His Pick-Up Truck Settles For $1.4 Million
Leticia Westerberg's spouse, a 32 year old film industry transportation
coordinator, was killed when he was struck by a large wind fan which fell
off of the back of his own pick-up truck, striking him in the head. The
fan had been rented by decedent's employer, a film company, from the
defendant rental company.
Eye witness accounts developed through discovery established that once
the man’s co-worker started pushing the fan toward the rear of the
pick-up during the unloading process, he was unable to stop it. Biren
Law Group established that the wheel brakes on the fan, which were designed
and built by the rental company, were not functioning properly at the
time and that their design was defective
The case settled, despite the comparative negligence of the decedent who
was supervising the unloading process, for $1,407,896 ($900,000 present value).