In a test for similar cases pending in Gwinnett County, Ga., a State Court jury awarded $317,002 to a north Georgia couple last week to compensate them for injuries caused when the husband’s leg was trapped under his Yamaha off-road vehicle.

An attorney for the plaintiffs, C. Andrew Childers of Childers, Schlueter & Smith, said the Gwinnett case is one of the first to reach a verdict among product liability cases against Yamaha in the U.S. and Canada alleging defects in its Rhino-model recreational-utility vehicle.

Childers and his colleagues pushed the case of Roger McTaggart of Blue Ridge, who was injured in a 2007 accident, to go first among the dozens filed in Gwinnett because it was a “middle-of-the-road case.”

“There was not an extreme, terrible injury,” Childers said, noting that he wanted to see if a product liability claim against Yamaha was viable.

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