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Lake Milton woman sues Sea-Doo manufacturer over injuries

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A liability lawsuit filed by a Lake Milton woman against the manufacturer of the Sea-Doo personal watercraft has been moved from Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to federal court.

Jessica Bartholomew is suing Bombardier Recreational Products of Canada for $150,000 claiming she was seriously injured while riding on a Sea-Doo on Lake Milton in August 2017.

According to the lawsuit, Bartholomew was a passenger on the rear of the Sea-Doo when she slipped off.

The suit claims Bartholomew fell behind the Sea-Doo near the thrust of the craft's jet drive, causing what the suit calls “mutilating injuries” to Bartholomew's pelvic region and internal organs, including a complete perineal laceration.

Bartholomew alleges that the manufacturer failed to provide riders with mobility restraints, handholds, straps, grips, or other design features that would prevent the back seat passenger from falling into the path of the propulsion system.

The suit claims negligence, alleging that the manufacturer's design was defective, and failed to provide a warning about the design.

Bartholemew is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, medical expenses, and loss of capacity for enjoyment of life.

As of Wednesday the only response from the manufacturer has been a notice to move the suit from the county court to U.S. District Court.

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