A New York man has sued Sears and the makers of a table saw that allegedly is made in an unsafe way.
Todd Hulbert, of Newfield, New York, filed a complaint May 29 in Cook County Circuit Court against Sears Roebuck and Co., with its principal offices based in Hoffman Estates, Techtronic Industries North America Inc., One World Technologies Inc. and Ryobi Technologies Inc., alleging product liability.
According to the complaint, on June 22, 2012, Hulbert was seriously injured due to the "wrongful conduct of the defendants in designing, manufacturing, distributing and selling a Craftsman brand table saw, model No. 315228310, serial No. R827502948."
The defendants, according to the lawsuit, "failed to utilize available safety technology in their table saws."
For instance, this saw is required like all U.S.-sold saws to have a blade guard; however, the lawsuit states, the guard on this saw is "extremely difficult to use and must be removed for a user to make certain cuts with the saw." And, the lawsuit continues, once the guard is removed, it's "extremely difficult to reattach."
As a result, the plaintiff alleges he sustained injuries, pain and suffering, medical expense, disfigurement, lost wages and earning capacity, and loss of a normal life. The suit cites product liability, negligence and breach of implied warranty of fitness.
Hulbert seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs. He is represented by attorneys Michael Cushing and Eric D. Pearson of Heygood, Orr & Pearson in Dallas.
Cook County Circuit Court case number: 2015L005460.