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Man alleges injuries from mini skid steer unit

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 25, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE — A man claims his arm and body became stuck between a mini skid steer unit and a deck due a product defect.

Nathan Korte filed a complaint on July 20 in the Madison County Circuit Court against The Charles Machine, Works, Inc., doing business as Ditch Witch, Anvil Land and Properties International, Ditch Witch Sales, Inc., et al.

Korte alleges the defendants failed to exercise due care in the design, testing, manufacturing, marketing and selling of the skid steer unit such that it would be reasonably safe for its intended use.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 24, 2015, he was operating a mini skid steer unit he purchased form the defendants when his arm and body got stuck between a deck and the machine. 

As a result, Korte claims he suffered physical injuries, disfigurement, lost of earning capacity and medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to have a fail-safe switch, failed to have sufficient room and/or clearance between the operating mechanism and the protective bar unit and failed to provide adequate warning to consumers or users of the dangers of hazards inherent in the of the unit.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount that is just and reasonable in excess of $50,000, for costs of suit, and any other relief the Court deems just and appropriate. 

He is represented by D. Jeffrey Ezra of Ezra & Associates, LLC in Collinsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-1043

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