Man sues Sears, claims faulty saw caused multiple finger amputations

By Hanna Nakano | Oct 12, 2015

A Leeds, Ala. man is suing Sears Holdings Corp. after he claims to have lost multiple fingers while using a faulty Craftsman table saw. Craftsman is owned by the Sears company.

Victor Ingram filed suit against Sears Roebuck & Co., Sears Holdings Corp., Rexon Industrial Corp. and Power Tools Specialists Inc. on Sept. 18 in Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division, citing strict product liability, negligence and breach of implied warranty of fitness.

The suit claims the table saw Ingram was using was known to the Sears company to be dangerous when it was designed, manufactured, marketed, tested, approved, inspected and sold. The Craftsman saw was “unreasonably dangerous for its ordinary and foreseeable use,” the suit states.

At the time the saw was sold, Sears knew there was available technology both to guard the blade more safely and to trigger a shut off if the blade came in contact with flesh, but according to the suit neither technologies were utilized. As a result, the suit claims Sears was negligent in protecting saw users.

While using the saw on Sept. 24, 2013, Ingram claims to have suffered permanent injuries after his fingers came in contact with the saw’s blade. The suit states Ingram had to have multiple fingers amputated on his left hand. At the time of the injury, the suit states Ingram was acting reasonably and exercising all due care for his own safety.

Ingram seeks damages for physical pain, mental anguish, physical disfigurement and impairment, damages for medical care and treatment, damages for lost wages, and damages for his loss of ability to engage in usual and normal activities. He seeks an amount more than $50,000 as well as court costs. Ingram is represented by attorney Michael Cushing of Cushing Law Offices in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division case number 2015-L-009580.

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