Power tools are extremely powerful pieces of machinery that can be used for complicated construction jobs of varying natures. Because these machines carry so much power, they are also very dangerous if misused or inherently defective. Power tool injuries are more common than one may think. According to a report by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, more than 400,000 emergency room visits and over 200 deaths occur each year due to power tools. Though many of these injuries occur due to human error, others are caused by the products themselves. If a tool is defective or malfunctions during use, the company that created the product may be held liable for any damages that resulted.
Injuries that result from power tools can range in severity from cuts and bruises, to burns, to bone fractures and accidental amputations. In rare cases, these tools can even cause wrongful death. When this happens, it can be devastating for the victim and his or her family. If you have been injured by a power tool that was defective, you deserve justice under the law.
The following list outlines some examples of tools that could be hazardous if they are inherently defective or malfunction during normal use:
Saws (table saws, jig saws, etc.)
Welding or soldering torches
If you are recovering from a power tool injury, you may face a financial burden, including medical bills, costs from rehabilitation and recovery, and lost wages due to missed work. This can be especially injurious to your family if you provide the only income for the household. In addition, you could face physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well. No damages should have to be endured if a company could have been more responsible and prevented the incident. For this reason, they should be made to pay for these damages. The best way to increase your chances of a favorable outcome is by hiring an experienced attorney to represent you. By doing so, you can discuss your case and begin formulating your claim.