A man has filed a personal injury suit, claiming his son was gravely injured while using a hydraulic jack nearly a year ago.

According to the suit filed in Texas’ Galveston County District Court on March 4 by Ernesto Rivera on the behalf of Joshua Rivera, the jack, manufactured by California-based Larin Corp., was in defective condition and fatally flawed when Joshua Rivera had it in his possession on March 19, 2008.

Joshua, who was 17 when the incident occurred, recently signed on as a plaintiff.

The suit alleges that Larin Corporation design, manufacture, marketing, and sale of the jack rendered it “unreasonably” dangerous.

According to the suit, the jack suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed on Joshua Rivera and caused him to suffer serious, permanent, and disabling injuries.

At the time of the incident, Joshua lived with his father and Ernesto Rivera shouldered his medical costs.

The suit alleges negligence on the part of Larin for failure to exercise ordinary care in the jack’s design and manufacture, failure to provide adequate warnings, and failure to properly inspect the device.

The Riveras seek damages for physical pain, mental anguish, impairment, disfigurement, medical expenses, lost ability to perform household services, earning capacity, and wages.

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