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Melvin M. Belli
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Case Results

  • $3,250,000.00 settlement for a contractor who sustained burn injuries at paper mill as result of fugitive hot water not properly contained.
  • $600,000.00 settlement for a mechanic injured during a “spark jumping” incident involving a lawnmower that resulted in the ignition of flammable vapors.
  • Preacher received $1,800,000.00 in compensation for burn injuries he sustained in an explosion caused by the ignition of propane gas that was leaking from a propane fueled furnace located inside of the church. Suit alleged that the propane company was negligent in failing to inspect the premises for open lines and/or leaks before introduction of gas into a system after a service interruption.
  • $3,500,000.00 settlement in a case involving a child who was severely burned when a propane company failed to discovery an uncapped gas line prior to initiating propane service.
  • $2,000,000.00 settlement on behalf of the mother of one child who died and another who was burned when flammable vapors inside of their home were ignited because of a hot water heater put in service without a flamer arrester.
  • $3,500,000.00 settlement for a client who was burned while operating a school bus when a heating system hose ruptured and sprayed her with scalding hot water. Products liability suit against the manufacturer alleged that the school bus heating system was defective in that its design did not incorporate any guards, shields, enclosures or other protective devices around the heater hose to protect the operator and passengers in the event of a rupture.
  • $2,750,000.00 settlement for a man who suffered partial paralysis when his motorcycle “wobbled” due to a defective design.
  • $785,000.00 settlement on behalf of a third party contractor who was burned by steam as a result of a water condensate tank explosion.
  • $2,500,00.00 settlement on behalf of the parents of a 6 month old who sustained burn injuries when an electric deep fryer fell from a counter and spilled scalding hot cooking oil onto the child. Products liability suit alleged that the deep fryer was defective because it failed to comply with Underwriter Laboratories Safety Standard 1083, which was designed to ensure that electrical fryers have cords that detach before fryers can be pulled off of counters.
  • $2,500,000.00 settlement on behalf of third-party contractor who sustained scald burns while working at a paper mill.
  • $37,000,000.00 total settlement received on behalf of 3 mechanical contractors who were burned in a boiler explosion at a paper mill
  • Man who sustained severe burn injuries when his portable gas can exploded received a $9,000,000.00 settlement. (Products Liability)
  • $900,000.00 settlement for a client who was burned when a tortilla-making oven ignited fugitive gas due to defective design. (Products Liability)
  • $2,000,000.00 settlement in a case involving a man who sustained burn injuries when the 18-wheeler he was driving was involved in a minor side-impact collision, which ruptured the truck’s fuel tank and led to a fire. Products liability suit against the manufacturer of the 18-wheeler alleged that the truck was defectively designed because its fuels tanks were located outside the frame of the truck which left them unprotected in the zone of impact during foreseeable collisions.
  • $500,000.00 settlement in a Federal Tort Claims Act case involving a client who sustained an injured right knee in a motor vehicle collision caused by a federal employee.
  • $900,000.00 settlement for a law enforcement agent who was injured while participating in a training exercise at a law enforcement training center.
  • $800,000.00 for a client who suffered electric shock injuries while working as a contractor at a power plant.
  • $750,000.00 settlement in a case involving a one-year old child who was scalded by hot oil from an electric skillet that she pulled off of a countertop by the power cord. Products liability suit alleged that the electric skillet was defective because the power cord was not designed to detach from the skillet when pulled as required by applicable safety standards.
  • Mother received $500,000.00 for scald/burn injury to child in rented mobile home due to excessive water temperature not monitored by landlord.
  • Client was scalded while taking a shower in his apartment when he suffered a seizure. While unconscious, scalding hot water caused second and third degree burns to his body. Subsequent investigation found the water heater at the apartment was set at a dangerously hot setting. $750,000.00 settlement reached with property management company.
  • $350,000.00 settlement in a case involving a child who sustained electric shock injuries to both hands when he grabbed an electrical capacitator that was exposed in an apartment rented by his mother.
  • $750,000.00 to a woman who sustained burn injuries to her scalp and face when she lit a cigarette while using a hair bond removal product. (Products Liability)
  • $3,000,000.00 settlement reached with propane gas company on behalf of the estate of a 16-year old who was tragically killed in a propane gas explosion. Suit alleged that the propane company failed to perform the required pressure/leak testing prior to the introduction of propane into a propane gas system after an interruption of service.
  • $1,250,000.00 jury verdict obtained in the United States District Court for the State of South Carolina in a case involving a man who was injured when his vehicle was rear-ended by a commercial truck while driving on the interstate. Jury awarded $850,000.00 to the man for his injuries and $400,000.00 to his wife for her loss of consortium.
  • $400,000.00 total settlement on behalf of 3 clients who contracted Legionnaires disease while guests at a hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • $380,000.00 settlement for a woman who sustained burn injuries in a flash fire incident involving a defective charcoal grill. Products liability suit alleged the grill was defectively designed because it did not incorporate a vent to allow for sufficient combustion air and ventilation.
  • $3,250,000.00 settlement on behalf of two minor children who sustained burn injuries in a stove tip-over incident at an apartment rented by their parents. Suit alleged that the apartment owner and property management company negligently failed to install the required anti-tip bracket that was provided by the stove’s manufacturer, which would have prevented the stove from tipping over and spilling the scalding hot contents of the pot that was on top of the stove.
  • $2,500,000.00 recovered on behalf of a client who sustained chemical burns in an industrial incident at a pulp and paper mill. Products liability suit alleged that a defective valve sleeve inside of a pinch valve failed, causing extremely toxic white liquor to spray out of the valve body onto our client.
  • $10,500,000 settlement obtained for the family of a man who was killed in an industrial incident. Wrongful death suit alleged the incident was caused by the negligence of a third-party sanitation crew.
  • $13,000,000.00 settlement in a crashworthiness products liability case involving a young man who sustained severe burn injuries.
  • $500,000.00 settlement on behalf of the family of a man who was killed in a zero turn lawnmower rollover incident. Products liability suit alleged that the mower was defectively designed because it did not include a rollover protection system, consisting of a seat belt and roll bar, that is meant to protect the operator during a foreseeable rollover.
  • $2,750,000.00 settlement for a woman who was severely burned in a propane explosion incident that occurred in a utility room located behind her home when flammable vapors were ignited by a LP gas-fueled water heater that was located in the utility room. Suit alleged that the propane company was negligent in failing to inspect the propane gas system in which the water heater was installed to ensure compliance with all industry regulations concerning installation and/or operation of LP gas and water heaters.
  • $3,500,000.00 settlement for a third-party contractor who sustained burn injuries as a result of an explosion at a gas burning power plant.
  • $290,000.00 recovery for a diabetic man who sustained burns to his left foot while operating a riding lawn mower. Products liability suit alleged that the riding lawn mower was defectively designed because the muffler heat shield was placed in dangerous proximity to the left brake pedal allowing fumes released from the muffler to come into contact with the operator.
  • $325,000.00 settlement for a client who owned a catfish farm that was severely damaged due to the negligence of a construction company that was hired to repair a dam on client’s property.

Disclaimer: This firm cannot guarantee results. The results listed on this website are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients’ cases and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client’s case. These results are not intended to compare one lawyer’s services with other lawyer’s services. Some of these results were obtained in connection with joint representation and associations with other firms.