Motor scooter blamed for woman's injuries

Ann Knef Jan. 23, 2006, 10:40am

Swansea resident Dorothy Rettinghouse is suing the manufacturer and distributor of her three-wheeled scooter because it tipped over during a turn.

In a 15-count suit filed Jan. 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Rettinghouse claims she suffered leg, hip, neck, shoulder, low back and soft tissue injuries after the accident Aug. 25, 2005, on a Go-Go Ultra.

She was using the motorized scooter in an elevator of her home.

She claims the scooter, manufactured by Pride Mobility Products and sold by MediEquip, had a low level of stability and high probability of tipping over because of its narrow wheelbase and short track.

Rettinghouse, represented by Thomas C. Rich of Fairview Heights, claims the scooter was defectively designed and inherently unstable.

She bought the scooter for $862.71 from MediEquip in Fairview Heights on July 26, 2005.

The suit seeks at least $750,000 in damages.

Pride Mobility Products is a Pennsylvania Corporation.

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