While weekend warriors may view a power saw of any kind as the latest “toy,” people who make their living working with power tools know they can be dangerous and in some cases fatal if they are defective. No matter how much safety training one receives on power saw use, the actions of a defective power saw cannot be anticipated and may result in severe injury.
Types of Power Saws
- Band Saws
- Chain saws
- Cut-off Saws
- Hand Held Saws
- Miter Saws
- Radial Arm Saws
- Scroll Saws
- Table Saws
Each year there are more than 125,000 power saw injuries. The most common injuries are with table saws they account for 75 percent of all injuries.
The most common causes of injuries associated with saws are:
- Blade contact
- Injury by flying sock or cutting material
- Kickback of debris
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Power Saws
- Crosscutting injury
- Finger amputations
- Hand Amputations
- Hand Crush injury
- Nerve Damage
- Ripping injury
About 90 percent of these injuries are lacerations, abrasions, and avulsions. Generally, victims are workers and losses due to injuries are tens of millions of dollars every year. Usually these injuries involve blade contact with a finger or hand. Many of these accidental injuries involve kickback of the work-piece when the saw was fixed or kickback of the saw when it is a hand held power saw. A significant number of these cases involve a missing blade-guard or anti-kickback device or one that failed to work as designed.
Many people believe that if they are injured on the job and file a worker’s compensation claim there is little else they can do. What they do not know it that if the injury was caused by a defective tool, such as a power saw they have the right to sue the manufacturer of the defective tool. If you were injured by a defective power saw while working, call our Boston office to speak to an expert defective products liability attorney. The personal injury lawyer you meet with will evaluate your case at no charge. We ever charge you an upfront fee and you only pay us if you win your case.
Many manufacturers are earnest in making their products safe. Even so, design failures occur and products may be recalled. However, power tools often change hands and there is no guarantee that users know about the recall. Not too long ago, DeWalt recalled over 110,000 miter saws. The saws were recalled because DeWalt learned of seven instances of injuries caused by a badly designed blade attachment system. Used normally, the bolts that secured the 12-inch blades to the saw became loose and the spinning blades detached from the saw.
Power saws are great tools. However, if not made or designed correctly they can cause long-lasting injuries that affect your quality of life. Manufacturers should be held accountable for the things they make. A power saw injury could ruin your ability to work.
You can sue the manufacturer and receive monetary compensation for past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, all costs of rehabilitation, pain, and suffering and in some cases punitive damages. Call John Sheehan for a free consultation at 877-762-9510.