Man Sues Lowe’s Home Improvement After Shopping Trip Ends with Bloody Amputation

A South Carolina man is suing a hardware store after an accident that resulted in the loss of part of his ring finger.

Mark Johnson was at Lowe’s on James Island near Charleston, South Carolina in 2020 when his son snagged a pair of secateurs, WCSC-TV reported.

The moment Johnson reached for the scissors to take them away, his son snapped them shut and cut off the tip of his finger, Johnson said.

“I pulled my hand back and he closed it just as I did and he cut off the end of my finger. My finger fell on the floor,” he told WCSC.

He ended up having to undergo extensive surgery to save the rest of his finger.


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Now Johnson has sued Lowe’s and Fiskars, the company that made the scissors.

Roy Willey, Johnson’s attorney, said that Lowe’s and Fiskars were negligent in failing to protect or warn sharp secateurs.

“Lowe’s has a responsibility to keep its premises reasonably secure. And here we know exactly what could have been done – a very cheap fix – plastic covers over the blade, a zip tie they sell by the thousands. [There are] very simple, low-cost solutions to make this store safer, which should be every store owner’s priority,” Willey said in the interview.

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Willey also told the news channel that even now, two years after the accident, Lowe’s still has the same display, without any protective equipment to prevent further injuries.

The lawyer said other manufacturers take safety precautions when packaging and displaying equipment with sharp blades or dangerous parts to avoid injury.

“[T]Here are other products – Craftsman and other brands – that protect the blades of the product. And it’s not expensive and it’s not difficult, but they just refused to do it,” Willey told WCSC.

According to Willey, Lowe’s and Fiskars have denied any liability.


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Lowe’s has also not publicly commented on the accident or the resulting lawsuit, WCSC reported.

The litigation in the case is still pending.

Johnson said the accident with the scissors still haunts him.

“I lay there at night thinking, ‘What if it took the whole finger? What if it took four fingers?” Johnson told WCSC.

“‘What if it took my hand? What if it hits my wrist?’ I just played it over and over and over in my head,” he added. Man Sues Lowe’s Home Improvement After Shopping Trip Ends with Bloody Amputation

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