When people go to their jobs, the expectation is for the equipment they will use will function properly with no malfunctions. If welders are going to do a project, they expect their torches to be working correctly. The same goes for meat packing workers who expect sharp machinery to be installed properly. What happens when a welder’s torch misfires and causes their arm to be severely burned, or if the blades on a meat-cutting machine snap off and injure a worker? This would be grounds for a work injury claim centered on a product defect. Many workers have been injured from product defects, and it is a problem that needs to be solved so workers can do their jobs safely.
The term “product defect” refers to whenever any tool that a worker uses to perform his or her job has a malfunction. For example, this can be a worker’s drill that suddenly explodes because of short-circuitry. This can turn into a personal injury claim whenever the product defect causes the worker to become injured, making it a work injury claim.
When a worker becomes injured because of a product defect, the attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm make go after the responsible manufacturers and make sure that the injured worker gets the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
What Causes a Product to Defect?
There can be a countless amount of reasons why a product malfunctions. At the end of the day, we have to return to the product manufacturer and ask what went wrong, whether it was poor design implementation that caused the product to not function to its full capacity, or if it was poor product planning altogether that destined the product to fail in the first place. Here are some reasons why products can fail:
- Poor design: if a product was not thoroughly planned to function in the proper conditions, it can misfire, short-circuit, and/or ignite.
- Little to no product testing: when a new product is designed, it is the responsibility of the manufacturers to properly test the product before approving them for sale. Many times simple mistakes can be corrected in product testing; mistakes that if were overseen could bring serious injuries. Also, products can be altered after they have been tested and if there have been little tests done on the product both in research and real-life situations, then any necessary safety improvement can also be missed.
- Failed quality control: sometimes products have been designed and tested properly, but when they are made there are small defects on them. This is the job of a manufacturer’s quality control department. For example, if a soldering torch is missing a safety clip, this could be very dangerous for a worker who accidently ignites the torch without intending to do so.
- Improper use of material: if a product is manufactured with materials that are not designed to withstand the working environment it is designed to be used in, serious injuries could occur.
- Missing warning labels: it is important for a manufacturer to list the normal operating levels of their equipment, as well as any dangers that can occur if a product is used in a way that it was not designed to be used.
This is only a very minimal list of things that can cause a product to defect. There can be many other factors that can be taken into consideration that can cause a product to defect. Furthermore, the injuries that can be sustained by a worker caused by a product defect can be very serious. Below we discuss several product defect injuries that workers have faced.
Product Defect Injuries
There are a variety of injuries that a worker can sustain from a product defect. Although some injuries are more severe than others, it is important for workers to get their injuries treated as soon as possible. Some of these injuries include:
- Second- and third-degree burns
- Lacerations to the arms, legs, or body
- Broken or bruised bones
- Eye injuries or blindness
- Torn, sprained, or strained muscles
Furthermore, the injuries that workers can sustain are not limited to just one job category or occupation. Any type of worker can have product defect injuries. For example, workers in the following jobs can have injuries stemming from product defects:
- Construction workers
- Warehouse workers
- Forklift operators
- Oil field workers
In other words, if you were injured by a product defect on the job, it does not matter where you work. You were injured because of the negligence of the product’s manufacturer, and it is your right to claim compensation for the medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering that you went through. The attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm fight for our clients’ rights as an injured victim, and we make sure to win the settlement offer you deserve.
Settlements in a Product Defect Work Injury Case
If you were injured in any way by a product defect, you have rights. The attorneys and legal team at the Anderson Law Firm make sure to go after the product manufacturer that was responsible for creating the product defect (more specifically, their insurance company), and we have a proven record of fighting for a settlement offer that covers for all of our clients’ expenses. These expenses include medical bills for the time taken to treat for the injuries, lost wages due to time missed to treat the injuries, medical care in the future related to the accident, and more.
Having to deal with a work injury can be a painful and confusing process, especially knowing that you have a family to look after. Unlike other attorneys, the Anderson Law Firm works in a contingency basis, meaning we only charge if we win your case; if not, you do not have to pay a single penny. Therefore, if you are looking to get medical treatment without the burden of financial debt, it’s time to give us a call. Having to deal with a work injury can be a painful and confusing process, especially knowing that you have a family to look after. Unlike other attorneys, the Anderson Law Firm works in a contingency basis, meaning we only charge if we win your case; if not, you do not have to pay a single penny. For this reason, if you are looking to get medical treatment without the burden of financial debt, it’s time to give us a call. Please feel free to contact the Anderson Law firm today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.