Whether you’re a professional carpenter, wood shop employee or weekend warrior, chances are that you’ve used a table saw. The ability to safely, accurately and efficiently make difficult cuts have made hand saws almost obsolete. Unfortunately, even a careful and experienced table saw operator can fall victim to catastrophic injury if the table saw is defective or malfunctions during operation.
Table saws must be safe for use when operated properly for its intended purposes. However, a defective saw can cause traumatic injuries even when operated as intended. In many instances, this is a result of a defective design, missing safety features, product malfunction, packaging errors or shipping mistakes.
Our Philadelphia personal injury law firm handles product liability claims involving defective power saws and other defective power tools that cause injury while at work or home. Some types of injury claims that we handle include:
State laws establish clear and rigorous safety standards for the manufacturers of power tools and industrial carpentry equipment. If a table saw, circular saw, band saw, chainsaw, or any other type of saw is defective the manufacturer may be liable for any injuries or fatalities that result from operation of the defective product.
Compensation may be available for victims of table saw accidents, regardless of whether the accident occurred at work or at home. Many states require injured employees to bring a workers compensation claim if injured on the job. However, employees may also have a separate claim against third parties, such as the product’s manufacturer or store which sold defective tools and equipment for use in the workplace.
In Pennsylvania or New Jersey, several types of compensation, known as “damages,” may be recovered for a defective product that causes injury. This includes but is not limited to:
In addition to financial losses and medical costs, it may also be possible to recover non-economic damages, such as:
Power tool companies have a responsibility to design, test, and produce products that are safe for consumers and laborers to use as intended. When a saw operator is injured by a defective table saw the product’s manufacturer should be held responsible for the injury victim’s expenses and other losses.
If you were injured by a defective table saw our firm can help you fight for compensation and justice. To set up a free legal consultation contact the Wieand Law Firm, LLC at (215) 666-7777 right away. Your information will be kept confidential.