The angle grinder injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC help injured workers recover the compensation they need after accidents. This can cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses following a tragic workplace accident.
Whenever equipment defects or faulty designs result in the malfunction of a device, it is possible for victims who have been harmed due to the defects to recover compensation. They may sue the manufacturer in addition to any benefits they may receive from their employers in the form of worker’s compensation.
The product liability lawyers at our law firm help bring injury claims for construction site victims and their loved ones for their serious injuries, medical expenses, and even wrongful death damages. Our law office works extensively in Illinois including Cook County but also has a broad network across the United States.
We can help you pursue workers’ compensation claims after workplace injuries like an angle grinder accident! If you have been injured, we can help you learn more about your rights and options.
Use our contact form or give us a phone call at (888) 424-5757 to receive a free consultation and case evaluation with an angle grinder injury attorney today.
The Purpose of Angle Grinders at the Workplace
Angle grinders can be equipped to serve many different functions and operate with a wide variety of materials. Their general purpose is to cut, grind, smooth, and polish the materials they are used on.
Most of these devices are handheld and can be powered through compressed air or an electric motor. They are highly adaptable to different environments due to their ability to be equipped with different blades and discs which can be composed of diamond, wire brush, stone, and other materials designed for the purpose at hand.
Popular angle grinder brands include Makita, Home and Decker, DeWalt, Hardin, Ingersoll Rand, Bare-Tool Hitachi, Bosch, Milwaukee, and King Arthur’s Tools.
Types of Injuries Associated With Angle Grinder Accidents
While the dangers associated with angle grinders are well known, there is an expectation that these devices will operate as anticipated. Their safety features should help to reduce the chance of an accident or to mitigate the severity of the resulting injury.
The severe injuries and personal injuries that may result from a defect can include the following according to the best data on grinding tools in the industry.
- Injuries to the eyes— most of the injuries that occur to the eyes result from flying debris and can be mitigated through the use of protective eyewear, but larger pieces of stone, metal, or other abrasive materials can easily cause injury regardless of whether eye protection is worn.
- Amputations— there are a number of reasons a victim would require amputation, including irreparable disfigurement, infection, and the loss of the limb or digit during the accident.
- Lacerations— the person working with the grinder or those in the area may be cut by the grinder’s plate or the debris that is produced. There are instances where flying pieces of wood, stone, or other material can cause deep cuts which require immediate medical attention.
- Burns— side angle grinders can become very hot while in use and it is possible for the worker to be burned if the equipment overheats or the safety guard fails. Burns can require extensive care and leave disfiguring scars that remind the victim of the accident for the rest of his or her life.
- Injuries to the feet— it is also possible for the worker to injure his or her foot with a defective angle grinder, which could result in permanent disability.
Data suggests users of angle grinders and other equipment or tools can use safety techniques to avoid accidents. If sustained, the grinding operator could injure the left or right side of your body.
Safe use demands the operator to watch the grinding tool as well as their body, be patient, keep control, wear headgear, and wear gloves to lower the risks. Prevention is key with these tools
Grinder Accident Frequently Asked Questions
Are Grinders Dangerous?
Yes, grinders can be extremely dangerous and cause personal injuries if not handled appropriately. This can include facial injury, lacerations, vision and hearing loss, muscle damage, foot trauma, headache, and even broken bones among other harms.
The operator or other users should position angle grinders or similar tools to keep control of the device especially when mounted and cutting into concrete. Gloves, shields, and being patient can all generally lower the risks too.
What Causes Grinder Kickback?
If you are using an angle grinder, it can kick back when items get caught in the wheel and jam, especially if you are not operating it at the right speed or with the right blade.
Check for any sign that these tools may malfunction before they do.
What Are Most Angle Grinder Injuries From?
The most serious angle grinder injuries sustained involve the face including the eyes, brain, and ears. However, angles can kickback dramatically and cause other personal injuries affective muscles, bones, joints, one hand or two as well as tendons among other parts of the body.
How Do I Stop My Grinder From Kickbacking?
You can attempt to prevent your angle grinder tool from kicking back by setting the electric blade and speed appropriately. Also, you should try feeding material into the wheel smoothly to prevent a jam or clog.
How Much Can I Recover in Cases Involving Angle Grinder Accidents?
Angle grinders are some of the most dangerous tools. Angle grinder accidents can cause facial injuries, eye injuries, rotating disc harm, surface wounds, deep wounds, and other wounds. They mirror other power tools like a cutting disc, abrasive wheel, and cutting wheel.
This case series should show how you could recover after angle grinder accidents. Talk to an angle grinder injury lawyer if you have been harmed by angle grinders in accidents.
$5,000,000 Verdict; Tallahassee, Florida:
This dispute arose during a situation of brother love. Two brothers were working on some plumbing in the house. They were using an angle grinder tool to cut through some pipes.
In the process of doing that, a piece of the blade broke off and shot flying particles into one of the man’s eyes. It left him blind in that eye. The man was even wearing protective eyeglasses but that did not stop the metal shard.
The man sued and put his case to a jury. Despite claims from the defense that the man knew the device was defective, the plaintiff still maintained that it was unreasonable, dangerous, and responsible for his injuries.
The jury agreed and awarded him $5 million for his damages including pain, suffering, medical expenses, disability, and disfigurement. Note, a portion of this award was lowered because of his contribution to the incident.
$2,000,000 Settlement; Cook County, Illinois:
Here, a man in his late twenties was using an angle grinder tool to perform some routine work at his job. Without warning, the power tool fell down on both of his hands as he tried to unjam it.
A few of his fingers were crushed. One of them had to be amputated just above his knuckle. Surgery and other medical attention related to the events cost him over $70,000. He also predicted he would lose north of $1 million in lost wages because of the accident and subsequent disability. He sued the manufacturer.
His complaint stated the warnings and guards were substandard. In a private agreement to end the matter, both sides settled for $2 million.
$2,811,000 Verdict; Cook County, Illinois:
This angle grinder incident happened onsite at an Illinois construction company. An employee was using an angle grinder. The abrasive wheel was made by the Gulf States and the pneumatic grinder was made by Ingersoll-Rand.
The abrasive wheel tool violently and randomly exploded which made prevention impossible. Some abrasive wheels and angle grinders had been known to do this in the past.
Some shrapnel material hit a worker in the face. He was in his early forties. The damage to him was severe and immediate. He lost one eye, damaged another, and suffered lacerations across the face.
He sued the two companies in a personal injury lawsuit for product liability. Ingersoll admitted its fault in the matter. That made the plaintiff’s case a bit easier.
Eventually, he obtained a $2,811,000 jury award for disfigurement ($200,000), medical expenses ($21,000), lost income ($90,000), suffering and pain ($1,500,000), and disability ($1,000,000). Note, Gulf States was found not guilty of all charges.
The high speed of angle grinder use is dangerous. If angle grinders are the right tool, use safety glasses, face shields, hard hats, safety settings, and other safety training controls for the grinding tool.
Avoid loose clothing, long sleeves, flying particles, flying abrasive wheels, and high speed as these cause the vast majority of safety accidents especially loose clothing and the lack of face shield.
How a Proficient Angle Grinder Injury Lawyer Can Help You Maximize Your Claim
In addition to recovering the worker’s compensation you are guaranteed for your injuries, our construction worker injury attorneys can help determine whether your accident was the result of a defect in the equipment you were using.
Product liability laws allow victims to recover compensation from equipment manufacturers when their products injure workers due to poor design or an unanticipated failure.
If your worker’s compensation benefits are not sufficient to cover the entire financial impact of your injury, pursuing damages from the device manufacturer is another way to ensure that your needs are met.
Speak With an Angle Grinder Injury Attorney Today About Your Case
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is a leading representative of injured workers throughout the country. We have helped thousands of clients recover the maximum amount of benefits that the law will allow.
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