As our client was leaning back on a chair provided to her by her employer it broke, causing her serious injuries. An intense and quick investigation revealed that the original welds on the chair joining the back to the seat were inadequate. The manufacturer defended the action by alleging that the employer had misused the chair and had failed to properly maintain it. Although the plaintiff was complaining of disabling back injuries, medical tests, M.R.I.s and E.M.G.s , failed to reveal any objective signs of injury. Suit was filed in Federal Court. On the eve of trial the case settled for $372,000. In addition, our client’s Workers’ Compensation lien was reduced without the loss of any future benefits.