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Teen wins $41.5 million in product liability suit

A jury recently awarded a teen $41.5 million in a personal injury lawsuit against LeMans Corporation of Wisconsin for product liability resulting in serious burn injuires. The Wisconsin teen was wearing LeMans manufactured dirt bike clothing when, as the result of a dirt bike accident, 90 percent of his body became covered in third degree burns. When the teen fell, the gas tank of the bike ruptured and he was soaked in fuel. The engine was still running and the heat against the clothing caused the gas to ignite. The clothing actually intensified the injuries; the nylon in the fabric melted onto the teen’s skin. The jury awarded compensation for past and future medical expenses, lack of future earning potential, pain, suffering, and disability.

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