Machinery has become so ubiquitous, it is easy to take it for granted. But there can be no denying that modern technology has made our lives so much easier. Every time we turn on a toaster oven, dust off the snow blower, or rev up the lawnmower, we are using a highly complex machine. We use it without thinking, just trusting that these products will work as intended. Sadly, that is often not the case. When a machine is manufactured or designed incorrectly, consumers can suffer life-threatening injuries, and even fatality.
Machine Injuries at Work
Some of the worst injuries happen on-the-job. Workers in the following industries are particularly susceptible to severe, machinery-induced injuries:
- Food service
- Forklift operators
People who work in these industries frequently use dangerous tools and machinery. When a power tool, large industrial machine, or manufacturing equipment fails, it is often the result of a design flaw or manufacturing defect. An experienced products liability lawyer can help you determine whether your injury could have been prevented.
Machine Injuries at Home
Although work-related injuries tend to be more severe because of the sheer size, weight, and complexity of the machinery used, machine-related injuries that occur at home are far more common, for example:
- Snow blower injuries
- Injuries caused by a defective vehicle or vehicle equipped with a defective part such as an airbag
- Lawnmower injuries
- Tiki torch injuries
- Power tool injuries
- Toaster, blender, Cuisinart, or other small kithen appliance injury
Regardless of where you are injured, injuries caused by defective machinery tend to be severe. Some common injuries associated with defective machinery include:
- Fractured bones
- Electrical burns
- Internal bleeding
- Back and neck injury
Who Can Be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by Defective Machinery?
Not only can the manufacturer of a defective machine be held liable, but also distributors, sellers, and even maintenance companies can all be responsible when a product causes injury. Product liability law encompasses many different areas. Manufacturing and design defects are probably the most well-known. However, if a product contains inadequate warnings, the manufacturer can be held liable for resulting injuries, even if it is designed and manufactured properly. In some cases, you may be able to sue multiple responsible parties.
Because so many parties are involved in product liability cases, a typical defense strategy is to shift blame—often that means shifting blame onto the injured consumer. Frequently, companies argue that the injured consumer did not use the product in the manner it was intended to be used. At McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC, we help those injured by defective products identify all responsible parties and hold them accountable.
Philadelphia Products Liability Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Stand Up to Those Responsible for Selling Defective Products
If you or someone you love has been injured by defective machinery either on-the-job, or at home, we can help. Philadelphia products liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC have decades of combined experience litigating products liability cases. We can help you determine whether your injury was caused by a defective product, and if so, hold the responsible party or parties accountable. Call us today at 215-569-8488 or contact us online. With main offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Wilmington, Delaware, we represent injured victims throughout the region.