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Amputation drives Pennsylvania man to file product liability suit

A product liability suit has been filed by a Pennsylvania man after he suffered the amputation of three fingers while he was working at his job as a metal worker. The product liability suit is being filed against Tennsmith Inc., the company that manufactures and sells the metal shearer said to have been responsible for his injury. His job requires that he use the machine.

While working with the machine, the three middle fingers on his right hand were cut off. His right hand is his dominant hand, and a permanent injury of this type can severely limit future employment options. The lawsuit asserts that the machine is not safe because there is no guard or other type of protection feature to prevent the type of injury he sustained. A report did not state whether there was any type of hazard warning on the part of the manufacturer.

He has had to undergo surgery, numerous doctor visits and physical therapy sessions. These medical expenses, in addition to his inability to earn a living, have caused him to initiate the lawsuit against Tennsmith. He is seeking over $150,000 in financial compensation to cover these and other monetary damages.

When a company produces a product that does not function as it was intended and injury results, a product liability suit can be filed against that company. Many of these types of suits are filed every year. Any Pennsylvania resident who has been injured as a result of faulty machinery has the right to pursue litigation in an attempt to recoup any financial loss incurred.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Metalworker whose fingers were amputated files products liability claim against Tennsmith Inc.", Jon Campisi, Mar. 28, 2014

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