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Man sues Alton Farm & Home Supply over alleged defective grinder blade

By Dan Harkins | Aug 11, 2015

A man is suing Farm and Home Supply for selling him a grinder blade that allegedly shattered and caused injuries to his face and eye.

Vernon T. Smith Jr. filed a complaint on July 23 in Madison County Circuit Court against Illinois Industrial Tool Inc. and Farm and Home Supply Inc.

On Jan. 26, 2014, Smith claims he was working in his home, using a grinder blade that was made or sold by the defendants when the blade allegedly shattered into pieces, the suit states. As a result, he claims he suffered injuries to his face and eye.

The defendants are cited with making or selling a dangerous or defective product, failing to provide warnings of the product's ability to "fail, explode and shatter into pieces," selling a dangerous product and failing to make a blade that wouldn't fail and become dangerous.

The plaintiff, citing medical expenses of $114,530, seeks damages of more than $250,000, plus costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Rodney D. Caffey of the Caffey Law Firm LLC in Godfrey.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-926.

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