PHILADELPHIA – A local man maimed by a commercial meat mixer on the job last year has sued the device’s manufacturers for his severe and continuing injuries resulting from the accident.
Bogdan Jastrzebski and Marianna Jastrzebski of Philadelphia filed suit on Feb. 28 in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, versus MMYB, Inc. (doing business as Daniels Food Equipment) of Parkers Prairie, Minn. and Hess Meat Machines, Inc. of St. Louis.
According to the lawsuit, the defendants designed, manufactured and sold the DMX-200Q meat mixer to Jastrzebski’s employer in Philadelphia, Petrovsky Market, in 2012.
“On or about Nov. 19, 2016, Jastrzebski was operating the product in the customary way in which it was operated at Petrovsky Market, with the hopper lid open and using the left momentary switch to control the operation of the machine,” the complaint reads.
Jastrzebski released the momentary switch to stop the machine in order to retrieve a piece of meat from the device’s hopper, but in the process, then inadvertently pressed the switch and activated the machine.
Jastrzebski was pulled into the machine as the hopper paddles crushed the bones in his right hand and forearm, which caused open fractures in his right arm and open wounds – thereby twisting the bones around the hopper paddles and exposing his open wounds to the meat product in the machine (which later caused infections).
Jastrzebski was trapped in the machine for more than 30 minutes, before emergency responders rescued him. He later underwent emergency surgery to debride, reduce and fixate the open fractures, as well as the surgical repair of five severed and/or torn tendons. Subsequently, he has required additional hospitalizations and surgery to fight infections and nerve damage.
The plaintiff says his severe injuries were caused by the defective product and the negligence of the defendant manufacturers, including lacerations, a fractured radius, a fractured ulna, nerve injuries, severed and injured tendons, and more.
For counts of negligence, strict liability and loss of consortium, the plaintiffs are seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs, delay damages, interest and other relief, in this matter.
The plaintiffs are represented by Thomas A. Lynam III and Leonard G. Villari of Villari Lentz & Lynam, in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170207183
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