OJAI, Calif. - An Ojai film producer and pianist is recovering from what he calls a NutriBullet accident.
Robert Whitmore says the famous healthy smoothie maker nearly chopped off his finger and now he’s seeking legal action.
Whitmore, is now forced to play the piano without using his left thumb.
“There is permanent damage to the thumb,” said Whitmore.
Whitmore says a NutriBullet blender nearly sliced off this thumb back in July. He was making his traditional morning shake when the accident occurred.
“It just blew up,” said Whitmore. “It was like the plastic cup came off and it hit my thumb and when I looked down it looked like I didn’t have a thumb.The first thing that went through my head was, 'Oh my god, I will not be able to play again.'”
Gruesome photos were taken moments after Whitmore was rushed to a hospital in Ojai. Doctors there worked quickly to save his thumb.
“Very fortunate for me Dr. Robert Ruth from Cottage Hospital and he took one look at the photograph and said, 'Unless I put him on an operating table within hours he is never going to have his thumb,'” said Whitmore.
Before the accident, Whitmore was working on a musical film project titled “Red Sky." That had to be put on hold because of his injury. Whitmore decided to file a lawsuit back in September and found out he wasn’t the only NutriBullet victim .
“We currently represent over 120-plus individuals, all with a variety of types of sever lacerations such as Mr. Whitmore and burns,” said Doug Rochen, Whitmore’s attorney from ACTS Law. “It is a time bomb waiting to go off.”
Even though Whitmore’s thumb was saved, it’s not fully functional.
“I can play the piano, but it is limited,” said Whitmore. “If I play long it hurts, I don’t know if that is always going to be the case.”
He says the NutriBullet is a great product, but the malfunctions need to be fixed.
“There is no question in my mind that it can be fixed, and I hope that they will,” said Whitmore.
Some video in the above news story provided by Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo, LLP.