Keches Law Group’s Brian Dever Wins Jury Verdict Of $1.7 Million In Essex County MA Case

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Injury Attorney Brian C. Dever of Keches Law Group

The jurors recognized that replacing the faulty dock plate could have prevented this injury.

On December 19th, 2017, an Essex County jury awarded Mr. Pierce a total of $1,096,803. His wife, Steva Pierce, was also awarded $100,000 for her loss of consortium. With interest, the verdict totals $1.7 million.

According to Essex Superior Court Docket No. CV2014-996, on May 16, 2013, Mr. Pierce, a FedEx delivery driver for 33 years, pulled his truck up to the loading dock at Hansen Engineering & Machinery and Hansen Aerospace Laboratories (the Defendants) in Danvers Massachusetts. While unloading the cargo, Hansens’ dock plate malfunctioned and sprang up, striking Mr. Pierce in the leg, causing him to twist and fall backwards onto the dock plate, injuring his right hip.

Mr. Pierce already had severe osteoarthritis in his hip so the fall exacerbated his existing condition. He continued to work following the incident but eventually needed hip replacement surgery which removed him from the workforce.

According to court documents, the Defendants denied that there were ever any prior problems with the dock plate. During an inspection of the subject dock plate, multiple replacement parts were found which triggered a further investigation into who made the repairs. Under order of subpoena, the contractor that made the repairs produced numerous invoices showing that the dock plate had been serviced and revealed a systemic issue with the dock plate popping up, consistent with Mr. Pierce’s description of the accident.

The Plaintiffs were represented by injury attorneys Brian C. Dever and John P. Wilton of Keches Law Group in Taunton, MA.

“The jurors recognized that replacing the faulty dock plate could have prevented this injury. We are so pleased that we could help Edward and his family get the verdict they deserved.” said Dever.

The Keches Law Group, P.C., has become one of the largest and most well-respected personal injury and workers’ compensation law firms in Massachusetts with our 30 lawyers having a combined 600 plus years of experience fighting to protect the rights of injured people who are facing difficult times after an accident or injury. We have a no-fee policy unless we win your case and a proven track record with over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements won for our clients. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please visit:

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