What do you think? Woman suing after losing hair in vacuum...

Suzette - posted on 04/29/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )





CHICAGO, Illinois- A Chicago woman is suing an Ohio-based vacuum company, claiming the device sucked her hair out of the scalp.

Terri Washburn Gattone, of Libertyville Illinois, has filed a lawsuit against the Kirby Company, claiming that an attachment hose connector on the vacuum cleaner system broke when she was using it in her home last August.

According to her attorney, Thomas Reed, "The machine then sucked her hair into the vacuum, ripping her hair out of her scalp and causing "serious personal injuries.

"The attachment tube broke right apart and as soon as it did, there was a tremendous sucking that took her hair right into the machine and her hair was ripped right out by the roots," said Reed to the 'Chicago Daily Herald.'

Kirby Company, of Ohio, has not commented on the lawsuit. The woman is suing for $200,000.

(There are pictures - they're blurred though because they're too graphic to show.)

Ever owned a Kirby?


Carolee - posted on 04/30/2010




My husband just said, "man, that sucks"! He didn't realize the pun until after he said it, though. The picture looked pretty bad, but there's something to say about using any equipment appropriately. There's no time that I can think of where my head would be THAT close to the vacuum while it is on.

I'm sure it hurt like hell, but it's kind of like the woman suing McDonald's because the coffee was hot. Read the manual, and use the equipment correctly.

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C. - posted on 05/03/2010




Haha.. That's funny, Celia. At least she got her money's worth, even if it did cost her her hair..

Celia - posted on 05/03/2010




I'm pinning my hair back and rushing to buy that Vacuum!!
On a brighter note we have a great sign for vacuums here "Does your vacuum suck? Gordy's do!" Cracks me up every time... I know easily ammused.
But really I say Kirby pays the lady $200 and then runs an add!
Our vacuum is so powerful it can suck your scalp off!

Isobel - posted on 05/03/2010




I think my boyfriend and children should sue com...cause after seeing that, I may not vacuum again ;P

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Gee whiz poor woman!

Anyone wanna come over and help me move my solid oak bed? That thing is heavy! I lay down to vacuum under it, too.

Jess - posted on 05/02/2010




I agree that she is entitled to some kind of compensation as long as the machine was kept in good condition.... wasn't like 300 years old and she was using it correctly and for its intended use. *sorry I couldn't get the link to work to get more details*

But $200,000 ??? I think thats a bit of a cash grab. Personally I would just want them to cover my medical costs, the time I missed at work, maybe some councilling/therapy and the cost of a few good hair pieces ! And just for the hell of it, maybe a house cleaner for a little while and definatly a new vacuum cleaner hehehe

Emma - posted on 05/02/2010




My hubby used to sell them, and well WTF was she doing to get it sucked in ??
I think this is not the manufactures fault really those machines don't break easily, i think freak accident, i feel sorry for her but why did she not turn it off before it pulled all her hair out ?

C. - posted on 04/30/2010




Hahaha.. No, Dana.. I actually make sure not to have my head anywhere near the vacuum AND I put my hair back just in case.. B/c I have had my hair sucked into a vacuum cleaner when I was about 10 or 11. To me, though, as a grown woman.. That should just be common sense!

There are ways to vacuum underneath a bed safely. And there have even been a few instances where I moved the bed so I could vacuum *GASP!!!*.. I know.. I actually moved furniture to clean?? What a concept!


Sharon - posted on 04/30/2010




Ok if her story checks out then $200K is NOT unreasonable. She'll either need implants or a good wig and those are expensive and I would raise the amount to $300K, $100K for pain & suffering, $200K for a lifetime of wigs.. those things are not cheap when they're the good ones.

Dana - posted on 04/30/2010




I think it's justifiable. I'm sure getting a large amount of your hair ripped out is pretty painful not to mention you're left without hair.

Christina, I know that if I'm vacuuming under my bed my head is next to the vacuum itself and the hose would be right next to your head too.

LaCi - posted on 04/30/2010




if it can suck hair out of your scalp it must be a good vacuum. Mine would be about as powerful as a summer breeze. I need this vacuum.

Can I sue Chevrolet/GM when my hair gets caught in my door? That happens a lot. I have too much hair anyway.

C. - posted on 04/29/2010




Ugh, it said the page wasn't found.. I hate when that happens. I found another page but it didn't have any pictures or anything. Just basically said the same thing that Suzette posted.

Well, it sounds kind of fishy to me.. But, I suppose it could happen. Personally, and I'm not trying to be disrespectful to the woman as I am sure it was a traumatic experience whether it was done on purpose or not.. But why in the heck would you vacuum with your head right beside the hose anyway?? I think this one is all on the lady for doing something dangerous to begin with. I mean, companies can put out all the warnings and stuff that they want to.. Some people just don't have the common sense and you can't sue a company when it was your fault, IMO. (well, I mean you can but not with a good conscience..)

On the bright side.. At least she knows the vacuum cleaner works..

Erin - posted on 04/29/2010




Could you imagine!!??!! Oh my.....apparently she was vacuuming under the bed and was on her stomach with the hose and the base of the hose came apart and sucked her hair into it. I feel bad for her. I hope she gets something out of it.

Suzette - posted on 04/29/2010




That's what I was thinking Jenny, especially after watching the video on the page. How in the world did it break and then her hair get stuck in the motor? If she was using that attachment with the hose, wouldn't she be far enough away from the motor or was her hair considerably longer than that? Strange really.

Like you Carol, if it wasn't on purpose, i feel sorry for her.

Johnny - posted on 04/29/2010




oh dear. That is just traumatic. I actually feel sorry for her. If it is true, she deserves some compensation, at least enough to pay for some wigs and a cleaning lady to vacuum for her for the rest of her life!

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