New Jersey man alleges negligence of wheelchair manufacturers led to infection, amputation of legs

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 4, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A New Jersey man alleges a failure to have his wheelchair repaired in a timely manner led to an infection that resulted in the amputation of both legs.

Donald B. Georgia Jr. recently filed a complaint in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against National Seating and Mobility Inc., Permobil AB, Permobil Inc. and others. On Feb. 19, the case was removed to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The plaintiff says he was in a motor vehicle accident in 2013 that rendered him unable to walk on his own. The suit states he was prescribed an F3 Corpus wheelchair designed, manufactured and sold by the Permobil defendants, and the wheelchair was delivered in October 2016.

The suit states in March 2017, the wheelchair's tilt function broke and the plaintiff was placed in line to have the wheelchair fixed. The plaintiff alleges his doctor informed him that unless the tilt function was fixed soon, the plaintiff would suffer infection and would have to have his legs amputated. 

The plaintiff alleges that due to the defendants' failure to repair the chair in a timely manner, he had to have both of his legs amputated above the knee to avoid the spread of an infection.

The defendants are accused of negligence.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented Larry Bendesky, Adam J. Pantano and Scott A. Fellmeth of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett and Bendesky PC in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:19-CV-00708-CDJ

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