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Defective product causes man's permanent blindness

When Illinois consumers purchase products, they are under the impression that the products have been tested for safety and therefore, will work as intended. Nobody expects to suffer blindness after a part of the product shatters, but this allegedly happened to one man while he was using a cutting tool. The man suffered multiple injuries, including permanent blindness, and is now suing the manufacturer.

The Arkansas man is suing Saint-Gobain Abrasives, the maker of the cut-off wheel that was on the air-powered tool the man was using when he was seriously injured in December 2011. The man was cutting an automotive fuel line when the cut-off wheel suddenly shattered. A piece of the wheel hit the man in the face. Even though he was wearing safety goggles, the broken piece impaled his skull and right eye.

The man filed a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, accusing it of negligence, manufacturing a defective product and continuing to sell the product despite the risk of injury. The man is also accusing the company of failing to warn consumers of its dangers. One count of strict liability is included in the lawsuit. The man is suing for emotional damages, as well as vision loss, scarring and deformity. He is seeking at least $150,000 in compensation.

Defective products can cause lacerations, blindness and even death. Products are supposed to fully tested to ensure they meet strict safety regulations before being sold to the public. When they cause an injury to a consumer, the consumer can sue the manufacturer and attempt to receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, impairment, disfigurement and emotional damages.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "French manufacturing co. sued by man who suffered blindness due to product defect" Jon Campisi, Dec. 31, 2013

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