Promotional Glass Purchased At McDonald’s at the Center of a Personal Injury Suit

By Greg Kohn

Can a Business Be Held Responsible for Its Promotional Items?

Whether a business sells a product or gives it away, if the product is defective and causes an injury and damages, there may be viable legal claims that could be filed by the accident victim. One such case involves McDonalds and a New Jersey glass company, according to

Katherine Furman of Michigan is seeking $75,000 (plus the costs of the lawsuit and her attorney’s fees) in a legal action against Arc International North America in Millville, McDonald’s Corporation and two other defendants. At issue is a promotional Coca-Cola glass bought by Ms. Furman.

She claims that she was in her Muskegon, Michigan, home in December 2013 when the glass that she bought broke while she was washing it, resulting in cuts to her right hand and index finger. The broken glass allegedly cut a tendon in her finger which required surgery. The lawsuit states the accident was caused by the glass’ defective design and the defendants’ negligence.

Katherine Furman’s husband, Adam Furman, is also named as a plaintiff and is seeking compensation for lost earnings following the accident because he was forced to take time off to care for his wife and for the cost of her surgery.
Product liability claims can include allegations that the item was defectively designed, manufactured or maintained. There can also be a claim if the item failed to properly warn the consumer of dangers that may come about in the course of using the item as intended. Depending on the circumstances all of these claims may be made against defendants.

As in this case, any company in the chain of supply of the item may be held legally responsible for injuries due to a defective product. Here the restaurant where the glass was purchased was sued, along with the manufacturer of the glass and two other companies involved in supplying it.

The product liability attorneys of Nagel Rice, LLP have more than thirty years of experience helping accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve to help them recover and move on with their lives. If you or a loved one live in Essex County and have been injured by a defective product, they can help. Schedule a consultation by calling (973) 618-0400 today.

About the Author
Greg Kohn is a partner at Nagel Rice and specializes in complex civil litigation cases, including professional malpractice, personal injury, class actions, wrongful death, products liability, and commercial litigation.  He has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court. Greg has tried many jury trials to verdict and has recovered over $50 million in settlements and verdicts in all types of personal injury matters including automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, slip and falls, and other catastrophic injury cases. Greg also handles medical malpractice cases, involving misdiagnoses, wrongful birth, and delayed cancer diagnosis. If you have questions regarding this article, you can contact Greg here.