Faulty machines or failure of mechanical or safety equipment can cause serious injuries or worse. The law pertaining to these injuries is called product liability law.
Mechanical equipment is a factor in up to 80% of work-related injuries. Machine-related accidents can result in catastrophic injuries including amputations, crushed bones, severe burns, spinal cord and brain injuries, blindness, or even death.
Oftentimes machine accidents occur because workers were not properly protected from the hazards associated with operating or maintaining industrial machinery. Complete safety measures may not be in place or workers may not have been properly trained. Additionally machinery defects, outdated equipment, and inadequate guarding of the machines may also be the cause of accidents.
While most workers will receive workers’ compensation, these benefits frequently do not cover all of the damages and costs associated with the injury. However, in machine related accidents, and with the help of the Law Offices of Damon J. La Porte, victims may be able to file a lawsuit against third parties entities, such as machinery manufacturers, that can be held liable for their injuries, lost wages, suffering, medical costs, and associated expenses.