A Mercer County, NJ judge recently entered a $6 million award in favor of a plaintiff who sustained permanent injuries to his hand at work. As part of his job, plaintiff was required to work on a metal lithograph machine that had been modified and did not contain a safety guard at a pinch point. While working on the machine, plaintiff’s non dominant hand became caught in the machine and he suffered a degloving injury. Plaintiff’s injuries required him to undergo eight surgeries, including one to reattach his thumb. In addition, plaintiff lost his index finger and part of his third finger. Plaintiff is presently unable to work and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Prior to trial, plaintiff successfully moved for summary judgment on liability, and later defendants waived the right to a jury trial.