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A quick guide to defective power tools and injuries

Power tools such as drills, saws and sanders are powerful pieces of equipment that can be dangerous if not handled properly. Manufacturers must design them properly. Otherwise, defects can lead to serious accidents. Power tools cause significant injuries when they are not made correctly. If you get injured by a defective power tool, you may be able to file a lawsuit. 

If you use power tools for personal or occupational purposes, you should be aware of potential defects, risk of injuries and what to do if an accident takes place. Below is a quick guide to all of this information. 

Examples of defects

Power tools may be defective and cause injuries in the following circumstances:

  • Damaged power cords
  • Cracked wheel on a grinder or polisher
  • A saw operating without a safety guard
  • Un-lubricated power jacks
  • Insufficient fluid in hydraulic tools

Depending on the situation, the defects may be attributable to a manufacturer, supervisor, marketer or repair company.

Potential injuries

Due to the wide range of power tools and associated defects, there are many injuries that can occur. Some common injuries include:

  • Burn injury
  • Amputation
  • Lacerations
  • Nerve damage
  • Electric shock
  • Brain injury

If you suffer any of these injuries, make sure to get medical attention as soon as possible.

What to do

In the unfortunate circumstance that you get injured while using a power tool, your next course of action will depend on the circumstance. If it happened at work, you may seek workers’ compensation first, while if it occurred in your garage or other personal area, you may want to pursue a product liability lawsuit. Even if you seek workers’ compensation, contacting an attorney and potentially suing the manufacturer is a smart thing to consider.

You deserve to operate power tools with safety and confidence. If you believe you got injured by a defective tool, consult a personal injury attorney about your case.

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