Concrete Saw Accident
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 parts or design causes them to fail during use resulting in serious injury to those working with them and even people in the vicinity.
The Chicago personal injury 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.
If you were injured while using a concrete saw at work, we can also assist you with filing an Illinois workers' compensation claim. Give us a phone call or use our contact form today for a free consultation with one of our construction accident lawyers.
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Defects and Design Flaws Found in Circular Saws Resulting in a Chicago Cutting Accident
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 a severe 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. (Examples would include removing the safety guard or base plate) Such alteration may compromise the safety, however, putting an employee at risk of injury.
Types of Injuries Experienced Due to Circular Saw Defects across Illinois
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 poor design of the power tool. 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 does not notice any symptoms immediately. Microtears inside of the brain can cause swelling over time that may lead to permanent brain damage.
- Death- When a person suffers fatal injuries in a cutting accident with a power tool, the family may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties.
Determining who is at Fault for Your Accident is the First Step toward Recovering Compensation in Chicago
There are a number of parties (defendants) 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 or general contractor 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 construction site accident lawyer before deciding who to pursue a claim against.
Concrete Saw Accident Frequently Asked Questions
How do You cut Concrete With a Concrete Saw Safely in Chicago?
To cut safely into Chicago concrete, you should check your blade, mark the cut, tape down the saw, line up a guide board, prevent dust accumulation, and time it appropriately as you begin the sawing.
Can You cut Into Concrete?
Yes, you can cut into concrete if you use an appropriate saw, take proper safety measures, and effectively saw the materials. You may elect to use a circular saw with a diamond blade but might want to alter your decision depending upon the type and depth of material that you are cutting into.
How Deep can a 14-inch Concrete Saw Cut?
Normally, 14-inch concrete cut saws can cut into depths of approximately five inches. Remember, the name of the saw denotes its diameter, not the depth that it cuts into!
What is the Best Concrete Saw?
Determining what is the best concrete saw in Chicago for you depends upon a number of factors including blade, grip, size, price, safety, and other consideration but some of the most popular concrete saws include the following: Makita; Tomahawk; MK Diamond; Evolution; and Husqvarna.
Do You Push or Pull a Concrete Saw?
If you are using a concrete saw in Illinois, just guide it and let the saw do the heavy lifting. You just need a straight cut to start out with (and not much, around one quarter of an inch) and then the saw should bite and go from there. Do not push the concrete saw hard into the material especially concrete-just guide the saw!
What is the Best Blade for Cutting into Concrete in Chicago?
If you are trying to safely and effectively cut into Chicago concrete, your best bet when comes to a blade type in a concrete saw would probably be a diamond blade but you should consider the material, external factors, and safety when making this choice and consult an expert.
Sample Concrete Saw Accident Verdicts & Settlements
$1,800,000 Settlement; Cook County, Illinois; 2009
In this concrete saw accident, a construction worker in his early forties was leaving the construction site when the blade disengaged and cut into his harm. The incident left him with lacerations, ulnar nerve tearing, long-term nerve failure, and hand clawing. He needed tens of thousands of dollars in medical care and was projected to lose over $1 million in lost wages due to his new disability. He sued the concrete saw manufacturer, Husqvarna, as well as the construction companies. He recovered $1.8 million from them, and $850,000 of that was from the saw maker.
$304,500 Settlement; Cook County, Illinois; 2001
The plaintiff in this Chicago saw accident lawsuit sued the maker, Stow Manufacturing, after he sustained carbon monoxide poisoning while using the concrete saw in a confined space. He argued the company should have supplied better instructions and warnings about this risk. He also sued the saw rental company, insurance company, and engine manufacturer. Some of these defendants pressed various theories in their defense but the case eventually settled for $304,500.
$1,150,000 Settlement; New York City, New York; 2019
Here, a construction worker in his middle forties suffered violent injuries when the saw he was using kicked back and cut into his face. He experienced nerve damage, lacerations, PTSD, jaw discomfort, and possibly TMJ disorder. This accident apparently happened because his employer ignored manufacturer warnings and improperly modified the device. Also, they instructed the plaintiff to cut into materials that the saw should not cut into. He brought this action against the construction site company, the local municipality, and the nearby construction authority. He was able to recover a combined $1.15 million sum from them for his legal damages including pain, suffering, lost wages, scarring, and disability.
$350,000 Settlement; Brooklyn, New York; 2017
This plaintiff in this action was a 47-year-old construction worker. He was operating a concrete saw on a bridge when hit struck a metal bar. The object kicked back and flew right into his stomach causing him immense, immediate pain. He was sidelined from work for 12 weeks during his rehabilitation. The man sued the construction company and general contractor for failing to install a guide along the bottom of the saw. He claimed that allowed the bar to fly back and hit him. All sides settle out of court for a reported $350,000.
Personal Injury Lawyers With Experience in Saw and Construction Accident Injury Cases
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has extensive experience handling worker’s compensation claims, personal injury, and product 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 concrete 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 construction worker injury attorneys. A committed attorney-client relationship with an individual member of the firm may help you move on from this incident or a related one (motor vehicle accident, truck accident, car accident, or similar event).