Lawsuit claims SSV scalped passenger

Publish Date: 
Jun 11, 2012

A Georgia woman has sued Polaris Industries, claiming an SSV she was riding scalped her and caused an accident that broke her spine.

Amber Glisson filed her product liability in Savannah. She claims she was a passenger in a 2009 Polaris Ranger RZR when her hair got caught in an exposed rotating drive shaft that controls the wheels of the ATV.

"While riding in the ATV, with full-face helmet buckled on and safety belt strapped, Amber's hair became caught in the unguarded and unprotected rotating drive shaft which is below the passenger seat, the force of which scalped her (medically referred to as a scalp avulsion) and fractured one or more discs of her spine, fractured ribs and caused her other serious bodily injury," states the complaint cited by Courthouse News Service.

Glisson says the vehicle was almost new, in excellent condition, and was being properly used. She claims Polaris sold the unsafe ATV despite having an alternative, safer design, which was used in later models.

Glisson says she incurred more than $400,000 in medical expenses, and was permanently scarred and disfigured.
 She seeks compensatory and punitive damages for product liability, failure to warn, negligence, pain, suffering and medical expenses.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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