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Lawsuit Alleges Bobcat Loaders Defectively Designed Leading to Injuries and Deaths

November 30, 2020

Nebraska - According to an online news report, a man from Grand Island has filed a lawsuit asserting that a Bobcat loader has a dangerous defect and the defect caused his severe personal injuries.*

The Bobcat loader accident happened at the Nebraska State Fair. According to the victim's lawsuit, the complaint alleges that the Bobcat loader has a faulty design that led to the accident. The Bobcat loader allegedly ran over the victim's left leg when the Bobcat loader was backing up as the victim was busy cleaning cattle pens on the Nebraska State Fairgrounds last year. The accident was recorded by a surveillance camera close to the scene of the accident. 

The victim, a Grand Island man, was severely injured after he was struck and run over by a Bobcat loader. The victim filed a lawsuit against the equipment maker, asserting that the Bobcat loader was "defectively designed" since the vehicle did not have a rear-view camera, according to the victim's complaint that was filed in U.S. District Court. The victim's lawsuit states that the heavy Bobcat loader drove over his left leg, causing severe personal injuries, lost income, substantial medical bills, substantial pain and suffering, and other damages. The victim sustained serious injuries to his left leg, including his left tibia and fibula being crushed, life-threatening blood loss, and dangerous internal infection caused by bacteria in the cattle pens. The personal injuries were so substantial that the victim required several painful surgeries, lengthy hospital stays, and extensive physical therapy. 

In the victim's lawsuit, the victim asserts that a rear-view camera system was never a piece of standard safety equipment on the 2017 Model S570 loader. Even though Bobcat's independent research and scientific evaluation stated how a rear-view camera system "could potentially eliminate or reduce the likelihood of bystanders being injured or killed when being driven in reverse." Also, the lawsuit asserts that the Bobcat loader driver's view was blocked by the body of the loader, and this defect constituted an unreasonably dangerous condition. The victim stated that the lawsuit is seeking punitive damages intended to punish Bobcat and to deter other manufacturers from like conduct in the future.

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