Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers: Liability for Malfunctioning Equipment
January 07, 2017
Construction is regularly cited one of the most hazardous industries in the country. Working with heavy, dangerous equipment only adds to the risk factor. When that equipment is defective, construction accidents happen. Product designers, manufacturers, installers, or sellers can be held liable if defective equipment causes an injury.
Construction workers operate heavy machinery and tools every day including electric hand tools, cranes, bulldozers, and forklifts. When that equipment malfunctions, there can be dire consequences. Construction accident injuries can include broken bones, head, neck and spine injuries, amputations, burns, and electrocution. These injuries have a high rate of fatality.
Workers injured in construction accidents are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits to compensate for lost wages and medical bills. Workers who are injured because of defective machinery or equipment can also file a third-party liability claim in certain circumstances.
If a product has an inherent design flaw that leads to a serious construction accident causing injuries, the designer may be liable for damages. Tools or equipment that pose potential risks should be labeled accordingly. When manufacturers fail to warn the operator of these risks, the injured victim may pursue a product liability claim.
Common Defects in Construction Equipment
Insufficient or missing safety guards or shields are the most common defects found in construction equipment. When essential shields and guards are not installed to protect the operator, injuries may occur.
Missing or malfunctioning shut-off switches can also lead to construction accidents. Machines that grind, slice, or press have shut-off valves so workers can repair them. When those fail to work properly, amputation and even fatal injury can occur.
Machinery that is not properly grounded or contains faulty wiring can lead to burns, electrocution, and fatal injury. Lastly, workers who are unaware of potential risks of equipment can also be injured.
Construction work is high-risk because of the dangerous tools and equipment required for the job. Workers depend on equipment designers and manufacturers to produce tools and machines that offer safety features and warnings. When they fail to do so and workers are injured, they may be held responsible.
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Fight for the Rights of Those Injured in Construction Accidents
Workers injured in construction accidents face unimaginable pain and suffering. Loss of income, mounting medical bills, and a long recovery only add to the trauma. If defective construction equipment led to your accident, Philadelphia construction accident lawyers at DiTomaso Law can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call our Cherry Hill, New Jersey offices at 856-414-0010, or our Philadelphia offices at 215-426-4493, or complete our online form to discuss your case. We serve clients throughout South Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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