Power tools are used every day in the workplace and in the home. Construction workers and homeowners alike use various types of power tools to complete a wide range of tasks that they would not be able to do with a regular hand tool. However, many of these tools are very powerful and have extremely sharp blades or points that can cause serious injuries. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 960,000 people are injured, and another 200 are killed each year in accidents involving power tools. Some of these accidents are caused by user error or inexperience. Others are caused by tools that are defective in some way. If a defective power tool caused a serious injury, a skilled products liability lawyer will conduct a detailed investigation and recommend the best legal course of action.
When a person is using a power tool that is defective, things can go terribly wrong. These tools that are meant to cut through wood, steel, and fiberglass can easily cut through skin and bone. The following are examples of power tool defects that can cause serious injuries:
Many of the injuries and fatalities associated with power tools can be prevented if manufacturers and distributors prioritize safety over profit and take the necessary steps to ensure that the tools are not defective in any way. It is crucial that safety is a top priority at every stage of the process. The following are examples of risks associated with dangerous power tools:
Defective products of any kind put consumers at an increased risk for serious injuries. However, defective power tools are particularly dangerous because an accident with a power tool is more likely to cause severe injuries and fatalities. The following are examples of common injuries caused by defective power tools:
If a consumer suffers a serious injury while using a power tool, and he or she was operating the tool safely and correctly, he or she may be able to file a products liability lawsuit if the tool was defective. The user must prove that he or she would not have been injured but for the defect that caused the injuries. Products liability lawsuits generally involve the following types of product defects:
If a consumer believes that a power tool is defective, call an experienced products liability attorney to discuss your rights. Some evidence that will help your case include:
If an individual is seriously injured by a defective power tool, he or she may pursue a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. These cases can be very complex, and the tool company may have a team of lawyers at their disposal. A skilled products liability lawyer will protect the interests of the injured consumer and ensure that his or her legal rights are protected throughout the claims process. A products liability lawyer can also assist an employee who has been injured on the job and is pursuing a third-party liability claim against the manufacturer in addition to collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an accident involving a defective power tool, you are urged to contact the Philadelphia products liability lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP as soon as possible. We will walk you through every step of the claims process and address all your questions and concerns. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-222-8792 or contact us online. With offices in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Allentown and Harrisburg.