Man sues over alleged mishap with wheelchair

By John Suayan | Jan 20, 2017

HOUSTON – An allegedly defective wheelchair is the subject of a personal injury lawsuit filed Jan. 19 in Harris County District Court.

Carl Schuessler filed the suit against Permobil, Inc.; United Seating and Mobility, L.L.C.; National Seating & Mobility, Inc.; and Todd Novak.

Schuessler claimed that he was using a Permobil M300 wheelchair on Apr. 18, 2015 when the chair suddenly powered off, came to a complete stop, and threw him to the ground.

He adds that he suffered severe and permanent injuries.

“The defendants owed and breached a duty to design, manufacture, sell, supply, and market the product,” the suit says. “The defendants also negligently failed to maintain, repair, or replace the product in a reasonable manner.”

Court papers further insist that the defendants knew of the wheelchair’s defect yet sold the product to the complainant.

Consequently, Schuessler seeks unspecified monetary damages.

He is represented by attorneys John W. Stevenson, Jr. and Jeremy Newell of the law firm Stevenson & Murray in Houston.

Harris County 269th District Court Case No. 2017-3869

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