The Louisiana Record Aug. 17, 2016, 1:58pm


NEW ORLEANS — A Houma man and his family are suing a power tool business, alleging its negligence caused a malfunctioning power saw to blind the man.

Jason Bent and Jennifer Bent, individually and on behalf of their minor children, Leila Bent and Sophie Bent, filed a lawsuit Aug. 2 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Black and Decker US Inc., doing business as Dewalt Industrial Tool Co., Stanley Black Decker Inc. Lowe's Home Centers LLC and Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, alleging negligence in failing to provide adequate warning in the use of a power saw.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 2, 2015, Jason Bent, a construction contractor, installed a newly purchased Dewalt blade on his Bosch table saw. Once installed, without warning, a saw tooth separated from the blade and entered the plaintiff's left eye, severely, injuring him.

The suit says the injury resulted in blindness, caused Bent to suffer physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement and impairment, medical care and treatment and lost wages. 

Jennifer Bent and her children allege loss of consortium and support.

The plaintiffs allege Dewalt allegedly defectively designed and manufactured the circular saw blade, and that Lowe's Home Centers Inc. and Robert Bosch Tool failed to discover the unreasonably dangerous nature and condition of the Dewalt blade.

The Bents seek trial by jury, damages, attorney fees, interest, costs, and all relief the court deems just and proper. They are represented by attorney Brent J. Rhodes of Law Offices of Brent J. Rhodes in Houma.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-13489

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