Construction Accidents and Faulty Power Tools: Who Is Liable?
Construction accidents are unfortunately common, despite the countless regulations in place to prevent worker injuries. In some cases, construction accidents may be caused by faulty power tools. Fortunately, our Indianapolis, IN attorneys are dedicated to helping you or your loved one secure the compensation you deserve after such an injury.
Injuries Caused By Faulty Power Tools
Faulty power tools can cause a myriad of different types of injuries, ranging from minor to severe and potentially life threatening. Injuries these tools can cause may include:
- Shallow or deep lacerations
- Broken bones
Some of the tools that can cause these types of injuries are:
- Various types of saws
- Nail guns
- Sanders, grinders, buffers, or polishers
- Extension cords
In general, most power tool injuries are the result of user inexperience, inattention, or over confidence. Sometimes, however, the power tool is defective in some way, which causes the tool to malfunction when in use. This can lead to serious and unexpected injuries.
Determining the Negligent Party
A defective power tool can be the result of more than one party. If a newer tool malfunctions, the manufacturer is likely the negligent party. When an older tool malfunctions, there are several parties that could be at fault. An employer or supervisor could potentially be liable if they failed to ensure all tools were properly maintained. Another employee or other maintenance worker could have failed to perform adequate maintenance and may be at fault. Finally, it is possible that the manufacturer could also be liable.
With so many potentially negligent parties involved, it is best to work with a skilled attorney who understands product liability and workplace regulations. At Golitko & Daly, our attorneys have had extensive experience in these fields. We will help you determine which party is responsible for your injuries.
How Our Expert Attorneys Can Help
An injury from a faulty power tool can result in extreme pain and may require extensive medical attention. Such a severe injury could also require extensive physical therapy as well. In the construction industry, you typically cannot return to work until released to do so by your doctor. This could mean several weeks or even months without work. When you have been seriously injured, you need strong legal representation on your side.
Our attorneys will help you understand your workers’ compensation benefits and determine if you have a product liability case against the power tool manufacturer. In either case, we will fight to recover damages for your:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses relating to your injury, including the cost of medications, therapy, and more
- Lost wages due to time missed from work to recover
As your attorneys, our goal is to ensure you and your family does not have to struggle financially during this time. We will ensure you are appropriately compensated so you can focus on recovery without worrying about bills or providing for your family.
Contact Us for a Consultation
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by a faulty power tool, contact the law offices of Golitko & Daly today to schedule a consultation.