Woman says she was stabbed by sewing needle putting on new Stuart Weitzman boots

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 9, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A Newtown Square couple may not have found a needle in a haystack, but they allege they did find one in a shoe boutique's pair of boots last year, a needle which one of the plaintiffs said seriously injured her.

Sandra Turtle and James Turtle of Newtown Square filed suit on Jan. 27 in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, versus Stuart Weitzman Shoes of New York, N.Y. and Lord & Taylor of Philadelphia.

“On or about Feb. 5, 2016, plaintiff [Sandra] Turtle purchased from defendant Lord & Taylor a pair of Stuart Weitzman boots, a product of defendant Stuart Weitzman Shoes. While trying the boots on at home and pulling the boot onto her right foot, plaintiff was stabbed by a sewing needle which was negligently left in the interior of the boot. Said needle became lodged in plaintiff’s right leg requiring surgical removal and causing injuries and damages,” the lawsuit details.

The plaintiffs believe the defendants’ negligence led to the accident, and Sandra also claimed to have sustained severe right leg swelling, a puncture wound to her right leg, a five centimeter-needle becoming lodged in her leg which required a surgical procedure to remove a foreign body, a sprained ankle, scarring, pain, embarrassment, humiliation and anxiety from the fear of undergoing anesthesia and surgery – while also noting costs expended for medical care and a Medicare-based lien, and a loss of income totaling $2,880.00 from nine days of missed work.

For the 11-count lawsuit, including numerous charges of negligence, violating the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL) and the Second Restatement of Torts, failure to use due care, strict liability, false advertising, gross negligence, breach of warranty and loss of consortium, the plaintiffs are seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus interests and costs of suit.

The plaintiffs are represented by Murray L. Greenfield and Michael F. McCartin of Murray L. Greenfield & Associates, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170103913

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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