Sporting goods store sued by man injured from cross-bow cocking rope

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 2, 2012


NEW ORLEANS - A sporting goods store is being sued by a man who claims he received eye injuries from a defective cross-bow cocking rope.

Brock Adams filed suit against Horton Archery and Academy Louisiana Co. on Aug. 21 in Washington Parish District Court. The defendants removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on Sept. 25 to federal court in New Orleans.

According to the lawsuit, Adams purchased an EZ CR EZ Loader Cocking Rope manufactured by Horton from Academy on Dec. 10, 2011. The incident occurred as Adams was using the cocking rope on his cross-bow and was drawing the rope upward to cock the bow. He states that one of the plastic clips that was part of the cocking device and attached the bow string snapped, causing that end of the cocking rope to retract violently, striking Adams in his left eye.

The injury resulted in multiple surgical interventions including a recent cornea transplant.

Adams argues that the cocking device was defective and unreasonably dangerous in construction and composition and in design, the product does not confirm to the express or implied warranties, and unreasonably dangerous due to lack of adequate instructions or warnings concerning proper use.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, distress, economic loss, medical expenses, attorney's fees, interest, and court costs.

Adams is represented by Sam J. Collett, Jr. and Bailey D. Morse of Jones Fussell in Covington. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-02361

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