A man has filed suit against the manufacturer of a mechanism utilized on prosthetic devices after he claims his prosthetic leg detached while he was driving a riding lawn mower, causing him to crash.

Richard Feaman alleges he was driving a riding lawnmower tractor on Sept. 2, 2009, when his prosthetic leg suddenly detached, causing him to lose control of his lawnmower and crash.

Because of the incident, Feaman suffered injuries to his low back, spine, left shoulder and muscles and sustained bulging discs in his back, according to the complaint filed Sept. 1 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. In addition, his ability to walk and ambulate has been severely compromised; he suffers pain; and he has incurred medical costs of more than $30,000, the suit states.

In his complaint, Feaman names Fillauer and Fillauer Orthotics and Prosthetics as defendants, alleging they manufactured the mechanism on the prosthetic leg that was supposed to hold it in place.

Feaman alleges the mechanism failed to properly latch and the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings to consumers and failed to provide a second mechanism to ensure the leg stayed attached.

In his two-count complaint, Feaman is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

John S. Wallach and Suzanne M. Hardin of the Law Office of John S. Wallach in St. Louis will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-490.

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