Power tools have revolutionized the work capacity for many industries and do-it-yourself home repair enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the tools also carry a risk of serious and sometimes fatal injuries. When injuries at work or home are caused by a defective power tool, injured victims may recover compensation by filing a product liability lawsuit. The experienced Pennsylvania product liability lawyers at Williams Cuker Berezofsky represent victims injured by defective power tools, and are committed to claiming the maximum amount of compensation available under the law.
Power tool operators that follow the safety precautions and operating instructions provided with the equipment and use the tools as intended expect to remain free from injury. Sadly, this is not always the case. When a defective power tool causes injury or death, the operator may be able to hold the manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or other third party liable for their injury related expenses.
Malfunctioning safety switches, damaged power cords, and unlubricated power jacks on power tools are common causes of power tool mishaps. Safety guards missing from the tools, cracked wheel grinders, cutters, polishers, or buffers, and loose attachments on air compressors and pneumatic tools can result in life threatening injuries. Fluids necessary for the proper functioning of hydraulic power tools can also cause the machinery to malfunction if not properly maintained.
Defective power tools can cause injuries such as amputations, electric shock, burns, lacerations, broken bones, brain injuries, eye injuries, and hearing loss. Muscle, tendon, and nerve damage that occurs can lead to temporary disability while the injured person is recovering from surgery and lengthy physical or cognitive therapy. Permanent disability can occur when amputations and dismemberment, blindness, deafness, or paralysis result from a power tool defect.
Workers injured on the job may mistakenly assume that Workers’ Compensation benefits are the only option to help them through their recovery period or to compensate for their disability. Individuals using power tools at home for personal repair and construction projects may also believe that they can only rely on health insurance benefits to cover their medical bills. However, when the injury is caused by a power tool that is defective, the victim may be able to recover compensation by filing a product liability lawsuit.
Manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and others can potentially be held liable for negligence that results in injury. Design defects in power tools and manufacturing defects are some of the most common causes of power tool accidents. Holding the third party liable can enable an injured victim to recover financial compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and physical as well as emotional pain and suffering.
It is imperative for victims of power tool injuries to seek counsel from a reputable and experienced product liability lawyer. By reviewing the details surrounding the accident, a skilled attorney can determine who is responsible for any injuries, and develop a strong legal case to help injured victims recover full compensation. Time limits on filing a product liability suit are strict, so it is important for victims to seek counsel as soon as possible.
Power tool accidents can happen without warning leaving operators with serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Operators working with power tools need to be vigilant at all times to ensure their safety as well as that of the people around them. Workers using power tools must focus on the task at hand and limit distractions. Losing focus while using a power tool for even a moment can cause injury to the operator or a coworker that comes into contact with the blades, sharp edges, or motors in the equipment.
Workers should always read the operating and safety instructions that accompany a power tool. Employers are responsible for workplace safety that includes proper training for workers who use power tools and other potentially dangerous machinery. Power tool operators should also inspect tools prior to use to ensure there are no loose wires, missing parts, or disengaged safety features. It is also important to check whether the machinery is becoming too hot. Periodic breaks will lessen the chance that serious burns can occur when an overheated mechanism touches bare skin.
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed by a defective power tool, contact the Pennsylvania product liability lawyers at Williams Cuker Berezofsky at 215-557-0099, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. Our Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey offices serve clients nationwide.