Manufacturer faces suit after woman cuts herself in blender accident

Kyle Barnett Dec. 15, 2011, 10:45am

An Ascension Parish family is suing a handheld blender manufacturer after an accident resulted in severe cuts to her hand. 

Amy Desbory's family filed suit on Nov. 30 in the 23rd Judicial District against Conair Corp.

Desbory claims she was blending a milkshake with a stick blender in her left hand when her hand slipped and the blade of the blender hit her right hand resulting in severe lacerations, according to the suit.

The plaintiff is seeking up to $75,000 in damages for injuries including pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical costs, loss of earnings and benefits, disability, scarring and disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of life.

The suit contends the the blender is inherently dangerous in design because the protective sheathing covering the blade was not deep enough to prevent injury and the handle was prone to slippage despite the manufacturer's claims otherwise.

The plaintiffs also claim Conair did not provide adequate warnings and was afoul of Louisiana law concerning manufacturer warranty. 

The Desbory family is represented by Robert C. Rimes, of Baton Rouge-based Melancon and Rimes.

Case number 101930 has been assigned to Division E Judge Alvin Turner Jr.

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