Deceased Worker’s Husband Says Machine Manufacturers are to Blame
July 3, 2019
In 2015, a woman died when robotic equipment crushed her as she was working. Her husband recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the machine manufacturers. According to the suit, as a journeyman maintenance-technician at an automotive supplier the victim frequently worked alongside – and performed routine maintenance on – robotic machinery. Her husband’s suit alleges that the manufacturers failed to design the equipment in such a way to limit the risk of foreseeable injuries, and that his wife lost her life as a result.
Manufacturer Responsibility for Safe Products
Manufacturers are legally obligated to abide by certain health and safety standards, but far too often defective products inflict preventable injuries on unsuspecting individuals. When a person is injured or killed because of a defective or unreasonably unsafe product, they (or surviving family members) may consider filing a products liability claim.
Products liability refers to the area of law in which manufacturers (or others, such as product distributors, retailers, etc.) are held legally responsible for the injuries their products cause. When it comes to products liability cases, injuries can result from a variety of manufacturer failures, such as:
- The failure to warn. Not only are manufacturers responsible for creating safe products, but they also have to warn users about the associated dangers and potential hazards. Manufacturers also must provide instructions to consumers on how they can safely use the product and best avoid hazards;
- Manufacturing defects. A manufacturing defect can result from a flawed product design, or even how the equipment was assembled at a plant, and:
- Dangerous product designs. The majority of workplace injuries and deaths that occur are preventable – but many of them are the result of unsafely designed equipment. One example of unsafely designed equipment is when a machine does not have proper guarding (to protect workers from moving parts).
These types of products liability claims –ones that are filed against machine manufacturers, designers, or retailers – are called third-party claims. Third-party claims sometimes allow injured individuals to obtain recoveries larger than what is typically available by filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Tens of thousands of workers are injured or killed because of defective or unsafe machinery in the workplace every year – and the manufacturers need to be held responsible for the unnecessary loss of life and injuries. If you were injured at work by an unsafe product (e.g. industrial equipment like saws, cranes, ladders, scaffolding, etc.) and would like to learn more about filing a products liability claim against the manufacturer or distributor, our attorneys can help. Please contact a representative at our firm directly.
Philadelphia Products Liability Lawyers at Galfand Berger, LLP Representing Injured Individuals Since 1947
If you have a legal question or concern, please contact our Philadelphia products liability lawyers at Galfand Berger. With offices located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form.