WI: Deer hunter sues Cabela's and Tenpoint after losing thumb in crossbow
June 12, 2012
By Kelly Holleran
A man claims he lost his thumb after
using a crossbow that he was told was the best and safest crossbow
he could purchase.
Cyril B. Korte filed a lawsuit May 25 in
Madison County District Court against Hunter's Manufacturing Company
doing business as Tenpoint Crossbow Technologies and Cabela's
Korte claims he visited Cabela's in Hazelwood, Mo.,
in November 2009 to purchase a crossbow. After being informed of
"the best and safest crossbow," Korte settled on a Tenpoint Phantom
CLS crossbow, according to the complaint.
on the expertise and representations of Cabela's in selecting and
purchasing the Phantom CLS crossbow," the suit states.
Nov. 12, 2011, Korte decided to use his crossbow to go deer hunting.
As Korte was firing the crossbow at a deer, the bow string from the
crossbow struck his left thumb, completely amputating a portion of
it, the complaint says. Korte went to see doctors, but they were
unable to replace his thumb.
Tenpoint should have known of
the dangerous propensities of its weapon, Korte claims.
In addition to an amputated thumb, Korte sustained physical
impairment and disfigurement, experienced physical pain and
suffering and endured an impaired ability to enjoy life because of
the incident, the suit states. He also incurred medical costs, the
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