PHILADELPHIA – The attorney for a Newtown Square woman who
was allegedly injured when a sewing needle that she claims was left in a pair
of Stuart Weitzman boots became lodged in her leg said a lawsuit filed Jan. 27
against the shoe company was filed because “the company’s representative was
not responding to our requests to settle the case.”
This is the needle doctors removed from Sandra Turtle's leg. | Photo provided by Michael F. McCartin
“The plaintiff is seeking payment of medical bills and
compensation for lost time from work, pain and suffering and scarring to her
leg from the (surgery required to remove the needle) and needle,” Michael F.
McCartin of Murray L. Greenfield & Associates, the attorney for plaintiffs
Sandra Turtle and James Turtle of Newtown Square, told the Pennsylvania Record.
Specifically, according to the complaint, the Turtles are
seeking medical costs and reimbursement of $2,880 in income lost as a result of
Sandra Turtle’s being forced to miss nine days of work because of the injury to
and subsequent surgery on her leg.
Through the lawsuit, the Turtles are also asking the court
to award them more than $50,000 in damages, as well as payment of interest and
reimbursement of their costs related to filing the lawsuit.
When she first put on the boots, McCartin said Sandra Turtle
experienced some pain, but she was not aware that the needle had gone into her
“It did not leave a big hole in her leg but slid right in,”
McCartin said. “She felt a sharp pain but didn’t expect a needle as she thought
the new boot was just a little difficult to pull on.”
However, McCartin said Turtle’s pain persisted, so she went
to her family doctor. An x-ray revealed that the five-centimeter sewing needle
was indeed lodged in her right leg, the suit alleges.
“She was thereafter referred to a plastic surgeon who
performed an operation under anesthesia to remove it,” McCartin said.
In addition, the lawsuit alleges that Sandra Turtle’s right
leg swelled as a result of the needle being lodged in it. She also claims that
the surgery resulted in a sprained ankle, scarring and pain and that she
suffered embarrassment, humiliation and anxiety because she was afraid to
undergo anesthesia and have surgery.
The Turtles’ lawsuit was filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In addition to Stuart Weitzman Shoes, the lawsuit names
Lord & Taylor of Philadelphia, the store where the plaintiff was allegedly
injured by the needle, as a defendant.
According to the lawsuit, boot manufacturer Stuart Weitzman and
Lord & Taylor are guilty of negligence.
Charges brought in the complaint include of negligence,
violation of 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.
A total of 11 counts were brought against Stuart Weitzman and Lord & Taylor.
Stuart Weitzman did not respond to multiple requests for
comment made by the Pennsylvania Record
regarding the Turtles’ allegations or the company’s planned defense.