NEW ORLEANS – A St. Tammany Parish paving contractor alleges he suffered injuries to his hand when a grinding wheel he was using broke apart.

Matthew P. Franklin filed a complaint on May 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Stanley Black & Decker Inc. and Black & Decker US Inc. citing products liability.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 5, 2017, he was severely injured when the defendants' DeWalt grinding wheel broke apart in several pieces while in use. The suit states pieces of the wheel severed ligaments in his hand and struck him in the leg. The plaintiff claims he suffered physical and mental pain and suffering, lost income together with medical and other expenses as a result.

The plaintiff holds Stanley Black & Decker Inc. and Black & Decker US Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide adequate warning that the subject grinding wheel was unreasonably dangerous.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order declaring that this complaint be deemed good and sufficient, monetary relief of not less than $500,000 and all further relief that the court deems just and proper. He is represented by Michelle Mayne Davis and Mark G. Duncan of Davis & Duncan LLC in Mandeville.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-04852

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U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
500 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

Davis & Duncan LLC
849 Galvez Street
Mandeville, LA 70448

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
1000 Stanley Drive
New Britain, CT 06053

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