Despite hearing graphic details about how a young restaurant worker lost an index finger and thumb while using a meat grinder, a jury in Suffolk County, Mass., has sided with the grinder’s maker, which was represented by a Glastonbury, Conn., attorney.

The jury in the product liability suit, Lucia Villanueva v. Tor Rey USA Inc., et al., ultimately determined that the accident was not the fault of Texas-based Tor Rey USA, which manufactured the meat grinder. A key point in Tor Rey’s favor was that a protective guard that would likely have prevented the accident had been removed by workers who wanted to clean the machine.

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