When West Virginia residents purchase power tools from home improvement stores, they expect that the manufacturers have taken all reasonable measures to ensure that the products are safe for consumers to use. Unfortunately, defective household products, like table saws and other power tools, can make it to the shelves for innocent and unknowing consumers to purchase. Sears has been named in a recent lawsuit after a man says that the company’s Craftsman table saw caused him to lose multiple fingers.
The man was using the Craftsman table saw on Sept. 24, 2013. It was at this time that his fingers somehow came into contact with the blade of the saw. This resulted in numerous fingers being amputated and permanent injuries. The man asserts in his lawsuit that he was exercising due care regarding his personal safely and was not acting irrationally while using the saw.
According to the suit, the table saw that the man was using did not have a safety shut-off trigger or a blade guard. Both of these technologies were supposedly available at the time the product was manufactured and sold to consumers. The suit is alleging that Sears was negligent in ensuring that consumers were properly protected when using the products it sold.
The man is seeking monetary damages for physical disfigurement and impairment, medical expenses, lost wages, mental anguish, physical pain and other related damages. These are all similar damages that someone in West Virginia may be able to seek via his or her own civil product liability suit after suffering serious or permanent injuries from any company’s defective household products. With sufficient evidence and presentation of the facts, the manufacturer may be found liable, and the victim can be awarded a monetary judgment.
Source: cookcountyrecord.com, “Man sues Sears, claims faulty saw caused multiple finger amputations“, Hanna Nakano, Oct. 12, 2015