Miner claims he was injured by malfunctioning hook

By Carrie Bradon | May 10, 2019

BECKLEY — A miner is suing a manufacturer of a hook that allegedly malfunctioned and caused him injury on the job.

Donald R. Jones II and Kimberly A. Jones filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia against LaClede Chain Manufacturing Company LLC.

The suit states the plaintiff was employed at a mine that used the defendant's hook to secure and assist in the transportation of loads of supplies and materials. The plaintiff was using the hook on Aug. 3, 2017 when the alleged incident took place, as the hook broke and struck the plaintiff's left cheek, resulting in a severe laceration, permanent nerve damage and other injuries.

The defendant is accused of product liability, breach of warranty and negligence.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by J. Ryan Stewart of Bailey, Javins & Carter LC in Charleston.

Southern District of West Circuit Court case number 5:19-CV-00223

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