Manufacturers and suppliers of power tools have a legal duty to sell safe products. Many power tools are hazardous because of improperly guarded moving parts or other design defects. Inadequate safety warnings or instructions may also render a product unsafe as product suppliers have a legal responsibility to instruct users on potential dangers that exist with the intended uses of its products and ways to avoid being injured by the products
When a power tool is unsafe and defective, the injured user has a products liability claim against the tool manufacturer, supplier, distributor, or product dealer.
A defective product is one that causes injury because of a design flaw, production error, malfunction or inappropriate or insufficient labeling or instructions.
Designers, manufacturers, and product suppliers all play a role in ensuring tools are safe for all consumers, including workers, to use. When a power tool injures someone who is using it in an expected or anticipated way one or more of the following defects could be to blame:
Power tools usually have many pieces and parts, many of them sharp or pointed. After all, they are often used to cut through steel, wood, fiberglass, and many other products. They also must include parts to help ensure the user’s safety, such as switches to stop the tools. All moving parts should also have fixed or interlocked guards to prevent injury.
The following are common defective power tools:
The following are examples of power tool defects that can cause serious injuries:
Many injuries and fatalities associated with power tools are preventable if manufacturers and distributors take the necessary steps to ensure that tools are not defective. They need to prioritize safety in every step of the process, from design to distribution.
Some examples of risks associated with dangerous power tools include:
Defective products of any kind increase a user’s risk for serious injury, but defective power tools are extremely hazardous. An accident involving a power tool is more likely to cause severe injuries, such as:
Each state has its own laws and statutes that govern product defects and liability. Claims are typically based on the legal theories of strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty:
Defective or unsafe power tools injure thousands of workers and consumers each year. Too often, injuries leave individuals disabled and unable to work, either temporarily or long term. Injuries can also affect a person’s quality and enjoyment of life and cause pain and suffering.
When manufacturers, suppliers, and sellers put profits over the safety of people, they need to be held liable. If a product caused an injury because of an unsafe design, manufacturing defect, malfunction, or failure to provide proper instructions and warnings, the person might have a products liability lawsuit.
Under Pennsylvania and New Jersey laws, companies that design, manufacture, sell, service, and rent power tools may be liable for:
Products liability lawsuits can be brought against the power tool designer, manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or even an equipment rental or maintenance and service company. When seeking to recover compensation for injuries, a successful claim requires legal representation by an exceptionally credentialed lawyer who has the experience and resources to pursue the case thoroughly.
A skilled litigator must prove that a product was defective, that the consumer used the product in an expected way, and that the defective product caused the consumer’s injuries. They will collect evidence, such as:
It is important to note that if a power tool causes harm while an employee is using it on the job, a lawyer can pursue a third-party legal liability claim, even if the employee is receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Typical products liability lawsuits settlements include compensation for:
If someone dies of using a defective power tool, their family can file a wrongful death lawsuit. They can seek compensation for their damages and losses, including:
Additionally, the family may also be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits if the death occurred while the employee was using a defective power tool on the job.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a power tool, reach out to one of our seasoned Philadelphia products liability lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP. For over 75 years, we have represented thousands of consumers and workers injured by dangerous and unsafe power tools and other products. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call us at 800-222-USWA (8792) or contact us online. From our offices in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, Pennsylvania, we proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Allentown and Harrisburg.