The dangers of non-tempered glass have been known for decades, yet thousands of people continue to suffer serious debilitating and deadly injuries because manufacturers refused to provide glass with safety coatings that greatly reduce the chances of injuries when the glass shatters. The Chicago plate glass injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent many clients whose injuries could have been avoided or would have been minor had it not been for the presence of non-tempered glass. Safety glass has existed since the 1960's, so it is inexcusable for property owners and manufacturers to opt for the use of materials that place people at a greater risk.
How Safety Glass Works
Non-tempered glass fractures into large, jagged and sharp pieces when it shatters or is broken in an accident. Injuries caused by glass can result in some of the most serious, debilitating and deadly wounds because of how sharp glass is and how easily it can break into smaller pieces. Many victims suffer additional injuries and complications when the glass breaks after entering the body or when doctors have difficulty extracting the glass without damaging major blood vessels, nerves or muscle tissue.
Safety glass is the term used for glass that is produced using a safety glazing and is also referred to as tempered glass. It is very common as a type of automotive glass and reduces the chance of injury because the glazing causes the plate of glass to shatter into hundreds or thousands of tiny pieces that are less likely to cause serious harm to a victim. The smaller pieces of glass are less likely to break after entering the skin and are not as sharp or jagged as non-tempered forms of glass. Tempered glass is also much stronger than non-tempered glass, which means it is less likely to break to begin with.
Property Owners are Required to Install Safety Glass
Federal regulations have existed since 1977 requiring property owners and contractors to install safety glass in locations that can be considered hazardous, such as in sliding patio doors, exit doors and windows that may be used as exits in an emergency. Non-tempered glass may still be present in buildings constructed before 1977 and it is still widely used in many products despite concerns over its safety. The safety of consumers and residents should never take a back seat to the cost required to provide a safe environment to all those who are invited onto a property.
Our Chicago premises liability lawyers have encountered clients who suffered severe lacerations because of what would have otherwise been minor accidents with doors and windows made of non-tempered glass. The injuries that can result from these incidents include the following.
- Deep lacerations that cause rapid blood loss, damage to nerves and tissue damage.
- Wounds that may become infected, requiring immediate medical intervention and possible amputation.
- Paralysis or loss of feeling to the affected limb.
- Permanent scarring.
- Internal injuries caused by glass fragments that remain inside the body.
Learn More about Your Rights Related to a Chicago Plate Glass Injury
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is dedicated to finding justice on behalf of our clients and have successfully represented thousands of people whose injuries could have been avoided had others not acted in an irresponsible or negligent manner. If you have been injured in a plate glass accident, contact our Chicago premises and product liability attorneys today to learn more about your legal options and how we can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to for the cost of your medical care and out of pocket expenses. If we are unable to secure damages on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.