The incident happened in Ophir during the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The damage done to Mitch's right hand left him so debilitated that race marshall Mark Nordman ordered Seavey withdrawn from the race. The digit was later reattached by doctors.
At the time of the incident, Seavey was in fourth place behind four-time champion Martin Buser
The lawsuit in U.S. District Court demands $100,000 in lost wages and other damages. The Iditarod champion wins a check for $50,400 and a new Dodge truck for finishing first. Typically, numerous promotional opportunities also become available.