Circular saws are common and popular tools that have numerous applications in construction work and home improvement. They can be extremely dangerous when used improperly or when defective part or design cause them to fail during use. The Chicago product defect attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help you recover fair compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and out of pocket expenses if you were injured due to a defect in the circular saw you were using at the time of an accident.
Common Defects and Design Flaws Found in Circular Saws
There are a number of safety features that must be included in the design of modern circular saws that include the presence of a safety guard, kickback dog and saw stop device. While the design of the saw may include these features, it is possible for them to fail during use, which could result in catastrophic injury or death. Some common defects we have noticed include the following.
- Defective safety guard— the safety guard is designed to keep the saw from contacting the operator’s hand during use. If the guard fails and the operator’s hand slips, it can result in the loss of fingers or the victim’s hand.
- Kickback dog failure— the kickback dog is meant to keep material that has been cut from being propelled back in the direction of the person using the saw. When the device fails, the objects being cut can become high speed projectiles and cause injuries to the face, head or brain.
- Defective blade— if the saw blade does not perform its intended function, it can fracture and send debris flying into the operator’s face or body. Others in the area around the saw may also be injured by flying pieces of metal if they are in the path of the objects when the blade fails.
- Device alterations— an employer may alter a circular saw after purchase in order to make it more efficient for its intended use. Such alteration may compromise safety, however, putting an employee at risk of injury.
Types of Injuries Experienced Due to Circular Saw Defects
The most commonly associated injury linked to circular saws is the loss of fingers or a hand, but there are a number of injuries that may result from the saw’s failure or a poor design. These can include the following.
- Crushed limbs or digits— it is possible for the circular saw to crush the operator’s hand or fingers when it fails rather than removing the affected body parts.
- Injuries to the eyes— if the safety guard or kickback dog fails, projectiles can cause injury to the eyes. In some cases, the worker may be blinded.
- Facial injuries— blade fractures, explosions, projectiles and other failures can send materials into the victim’s face. This may result in permanent scars, disfigurement and blunt force trauma.
- Traumatic brain injuries— when objects strike the head at a high velocity, it is possible for the victim to experience an injury to the brain even if he or she doesn’t notice any symptoms immediately. Microtears inside of the brain can cause swelling over time that may lead to permanent brain damage.
Determining who is at Fault for Your Accident is the First Step toward Recovering Compensation
There are a number of parties that can be held liable for a circular saw design flaw or defect, from the manufacturer to the store where it was purchased or an employer who altered or maintained the equipment. In many cases, multiple parties can be held accountable for their contributions to the defect, which is why it is important to review your case with an expert before deciding who to pursue a claim against.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has extensive experience handling worker’s compensation claims and product defect liability claims and has helped thousands of people recover the damages they needed to put their lives back together after a devastating injury. If you have been injured in a circular saw accident and believe that a defect or flaw in the saw’s design is to blame, contact us today to arrange a free case review with one of our award winning Chicago defective product attorneys.