Many people have come to underestimate how dangerous chain saws are and the immense harm that they can cause to an operator or innocent bystander if they are not used responsibly. Their widespread appearance in movies and video games has made the general public view them as more of a novelty than a tool that has a purpose and requires training to use properly.
Despite the risks of serious injury associated with them, chain saws do not require licenses to operate and many of the people who use them lack such training and are unaware of safety protocols that would keep them out of harm's way.
The construction accident lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent people seriously injured due to accidents with chainsaws at work as well as incidents where people (including their family members and loved ones) have been injured due to the negligence of others using a chainsaw. As with all of our personal injury and wrongful death cases, we handle chainsaw accident cases on a contingency fee basis, where we only receive a legal fee when we are successful in obtaining a financial recovery for you.
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Chain Saw Safety Guidelines in Chicago
Many of the injuries caused by chain saw are due to recklessness, poor judgment, or a lack of understanding concerning safe and responsible use. Chain saw operators are capable of harming themselves and the people around them when they fail to follow these general guidelines.
- Chain saws should never be airdropped to start— a process in which the user drops the chainsaw with one hand while pulling the start cord with the other. This can result in losing control over the chain saw.
- Chain saw blades become dull, creating a hazard when the chain saw must operate with more force to create a cut. Blades should be routinely sharpened and many operators are not trained on how to do so properly.
- Chain saws have limitations and users should be aware of whether the chain saw being used is suitable for the job at hand. Some jobs require saws with greater horsepower and torque to power through larger objects while others require more precision and finesse.
- Chain saws should never be used in the absence of other people. It is important that the operator never uses the chain saw alone because the presence of another person ensures that if something unfortunate should happen that the operator will have someone to assist him or her in getting medical attention.
- Chain saw operators should wear proper safety equipment which includes a helmet, safety glasses, protective gloves, and leather chaps and boots.
- Operators should avoid use around hard objects such as stones or metal and should never work around power lines or electrical wiring.
- Kickback is a major cause of injury due to the fact that it can occur even in chain saws advertised to reduce or eliminate it. When an operator loses control of the chain saw is when it is most probable that an accident will occur.
Illinois Product Liability Chain Saw Injury Cases Involving Manufacturers and Suppliers
On occasion, the omission of information or lack of warnings in chain saw instruction manuals or manufactural defects may be the cause of an injury. In these situations, the injured party may file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer and other parties responsible for the design and distribution of the defective saw.
If you have been injured in a chain saw accident, it is important that you quickly establish a timeline of events in order to determine the cause of the accident. The information you are able to gather or provide to an attorney will help establish your case should it be determined that another party is liable.
If you are injured while on the job, your employer is required to provide you with workers' compensation but you may also be entitled to claim damages if the employer did not provide adequate training or safety equipment prior to the accident.
The manufacturer may be considered liable as well if the chain saw malfunctioned due to a defect or poor design. Compensation can include the cost of your medical bills, pain and suffering and any wages you lose due to the inability to work.
If your injury affects your ability to retain or gain future employment, talk to our construction site accident lawyers to see if you may be awarded damages for the loss of potential income as well.
Chain Saw Accident FAQs
How many People Die From Chainsaw Accidents?
Tens of thousands of people are injured annually in the United States and many of these victims unfortunately die from their injuries including many in the Chicagoland area. Companies sell close to five million new chainsaws each year-these and older versions contribute to these fatalities and harm.
How do Most Chainsaw Accidents Happen in Chicago?
Most chainsaws in Chicago occur when either the chain or guide bar collides with an object and the saw kicks back. These can happen in a split second and cause life-altering injuries or even death.
What is the Safest Chainsaw?
In the United States, in terms of reported injuries and deaths, the safest chainsaws are made by Black & Decker, WORX, and Husqvarna.
Where do Most Chainsaw Injuries Occur?
Most victims of chainsaw accidents in Chicago and across Illinois suffer injuries to their knees, legs, arms, and wrists.
Should you Wear Gloves When Using a Chainsaw in Illinois?
Yes, you should always wear gloves when operating a chainsaw. You should also use personal proactive head gear, chaps, and jackets.
Get a Free Legal Consultation for Your Illinois Chainsaw Accident Case Today
Contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today to learn more about your rights during a free consultation with an attorney. We will perform an investigation after collecting all the important evidence we require from you in order to determine who is liable for your injuries, the approximate value of your case and how we would advise you to proceed.
Each of our Illinois construction worker injury attorneys is qualified and experienced to handle your case with the greatest care and expertise. We guarantee our work and if we are unable to collect money on your behalf, our services will cost you nothing.
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