What is the danger posed by Manufacturing Equipment?
Many times when our skilled team of professional investigators takes a look at a personal injury claim, they find a defective product is to blame. This is especially true in the case of workers injured on the job. What might initially appear to be a worker's compensation claim might turn out to be a case involving a dangerous product or piece of equipment, about which employers should have been aware.
Manufacturing equipment is diverse and varied, spanning a number of industries. Products in the food and pharmaceutical industry may include centrifuges, dough processing machines, flour milling machines, and food processing equipment. Hardware and building material machinery may include products like saws, wood production equipment, and block cutting machines and wire cutters. Metalworking machinery includes things like laser cutting machines, screw presses, punching machines and metal milling machines. Manufacturing equipment also is used in such industries as plastics, packaging, printing, textiles and process automation systems.
Although a state's worker's compensation system places limitations on the ability of employees to hold employers accountable for work-related injuries, many people do not realize that there may be another available source of recovery. If a product causes an on-the-job injury, a product liability suit may be brought against the product's manufacturer. Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries, deaths, and amputations commonly occur from defective products found in the work place.
We help ensure that employers, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause.
The importance of examining third party claims when examining workers' compensation claims is extremely important to the client. All common law damages, past/future pain and suffering, past/future mental anguish, loss of enjoyment, lost income and punitive damages are recoverable. Additionally, spouses of injured employees can file loss of services or consortium claims. This, of course, is not possible under workers' compensation.
What can I do?
If you feel you have a claim, our attorneys would like to talk to you. You may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation legal consultation.