Table Saw Injury Lawyers: Chicago, Illinois
Table saws are incredibly dangerous machines capable of causing serious injuries in an instant as the result of even the slightest misstep by the operator.
Thousands of people suffer from devastating injuries every year after losing fingers or hands while using a table saw. Many of these workplace incidents and harms are due to design flaws and could be prevented entirely with the implementation of saw stop technology.
Table saw manufacturers have refused to implement this safety feature technology in their products and this decision may make them liable for any injury caused since the existence of SawStop technology.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC helps people who have suffered serious injuries with table saws due to a design flaw. Our Chicago construction accident attorneys are experienced in the field of product liability law and are committed to holding manufacturers and others accountable when their machines cause an injury.
Contact our law office today for a free consultation of your legal rights and options. Our construction site accident lawyers work assisted injured workers in Illinois especially Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County (Aurora), Will County (Joliet), and Kane County.
What is SawStop on Table Saws?
Since 2003, SawStop technology has existed that could be revolutionary if power tool manufacturers would use it in their designs. This safety technology uses sensors in the blade mechanism that sense electrical conductivity and would completely stop the movement of a saw blade within 1/200th of a second of being triggered.
The reason the safety device works is that the human body is much friendlier to electrical currents than the materials that power saws and table saws cut— primarily wood.
Wood is an extremely poor conductor and would refuse an electrical current whereas the human body is capable of having currents passed through it. When Saw Stop senses that human flesh has made contact with the blade, it shuts off the device and can bring the blade to a halt before it is able to cut deeply into the flesh.
It is perfectly capable of saving fingers and hands but manufacturers refuse to use the technology because it would increase the cost of production by $100 per saw— a price that customers should be more than willing to pay to preserve life and limb.
How SawStop Technology Can Impact a Chicago Lawsuit Involving Injuries Related to a Table Saw?
Negligence is defined as any action or inaction that causes damage to another person or entity, regardless of intent. Willful negligence is generally considered to be worthy of much more severe punishment than negligence that occurs due to human error or poor judgment.
How this relates to the table saw injuries in the past ten years is that the refusal of the major table saw manufacturers install a device that they are fully aware will improve its safety is a willful refusal to address a major safety concern.
While the person operating a table saw has some measure of responsibility for taking every precaution possible to avoid injuring him or herself, the refusal to make products as safe as technology will allow is simply unacceptable.
Since the technology exists to save countless limbs and lives, power saw companies must be held accountable for their refusal to incorporate its use in its products and our construction worker injury attorneys can help make sure they act responsibly.
The personal injury attorneys of our law firm help bring personal injury accident cases for injured victims and their loved ones (wrongful death lawsuits) for their harms (lacerations, medical expenses, etc.) and other damages.
Give us a phone call or use our online contact form to leave us your contact information and an experienced personal injury lawyer will get in touch to discuss your injury lawsuit today!
You May be Entitled to Compensation for Injuries from the Manufacturer, Your Employer– Or Both!
Losing a limb can easily mark the end of a career and the ability of a person to support him or herself. Not only are the victims of table saw accidents entitled to the cost of medical bills and therapy, but they are within their rights to demand compensation in the form of lost wages— both current and future— due to their inability to work.
In some situations, the injured person may be entitled to recover compensation for punitive damages when extreme recklessness can be demonstrated against the manufacturer of the device or company that modified the saw.
The loss of a limb is also extremely painful and difficult to cope with. Pain and suffering can be considered as the actual pain endured during recovery as well as the mental anguish suffered by needing to adjust to a lowered quality of life.
The amount of pain and suffering a victim has endured may increase the amount of compensation he or she may be awarded in a lawsuit especially if the person works with an experienced construction accident attorney.
Table Saw Accident & Injury Law FAQs
Here, we provide answers to frequently asked questions from construction workers and other people who were injured (who had loved ones injured) by a table saw.
How Dangerous is a Table Saw?
Table saws are probably the most dangerous tool in Chicago homes or on Chicago construction sites and caused nearly 100,000 injuries every single year in the United States. This includes most types of saws like circular saws and chain saws.
How do You Prevent Table Saw Accidents?
You can prevent table saw injuries and accidents in Chicago and other states in the United States by wearing protective equipment, blocking kickback, adjusting blade height, using a splitter or riving knife, and positioning it safer.
What can You not do With a Table Saw?
You should never use a table saw for free-hand cuts. Instead, keep the saw parts in place and guide the blade with the fence or gauge as you cut the item.
How Fast is a Table Saw Kickback?
Table saws typically used by construction workers and other people in Illinois normally revolve around their axis at a rate of 4,8000 times per minute, almost 150 miles per hour, so that equates to an incredibly fast and strong kickback rate!
Why Does my Table Saw Kickback?
Kickback occurs when table saws pick up and throw back items stuck between the blade and rip fence like wood or something else. Due to the extraordinary speed of table saws, kickbacks can cause incredible injuries like head wounds, eye loss, broken bones, and even death.
Sample Settlements & Verdicts Involving Table Saw Injuries
$445,000 Settlement; Cook County, Illinois:
Here, a carpenter in his late thirties sued a couple of equipment manufacturers, Delta and Marathon, as well as some other companies after he had an accident with his table saw. The tool cut into his thumb and two other fingers. He needed the former amputated and racked up over $20,000 in medical bills. He also lost almost $100,000 in lost wages due to missed work because of the accident.
He complained that the defendants were contributorily negligent and responsible for his injuries and costs. Without admitting responsibility, they each agreed to settle and the plaintiff secured a settlement of $445,000.
$638,593 Verdict; Cook County, Illinois:
The plaintiff in this Illinois personal injury cause of action was a construction worker. He was forty years old. The man was operating a new Makita table saw when the material kicked back and injured several of his fingers. Some of them sustained lacerations and another almost was amputated.
He needed multiple surgeries and rehab to the tune of almost $60,000. Also, his future employment would be permanently on hold as the injuries rendered him unable to continue on in the same line of work. He sued the manufacturing company alleging the product (table saw) it made and sold to him was defective and unsafe.
The company did not attest to any of these allegations. However, the jury found fit to award the man nearly $700,000 for his damages including lost wages, disfigurement, suffering, pain, medical bills, and lost normal life among others.
$80,000 Verdict; Kane County, Illinois:
A man in his late thirties suffered multiple injuries when he was using a table saw manufactured by Emerson under the Craftsman label. He was a carpenter.
The worker took off the safety guard to make a dado cut. When he did that, he cut into his fingers. One of them had to be amputated and another had to be reattached. The defendant said that he assumed the risk in doing this.
The plaintiff replied that the merely followed the manufacturer instructions and that the device was dangerous and defective. The jury awarded the man $200,000 but also gave the plaintiff a lot of the fault so his award was lowered to $80,000.
$68,278 Verdict; Cook County, Illinois
The victim in this table saw accident was just thirty at the time of the events. He worked as a Chicago cop. On this day, though, he was at home and not working. He brought out his table saw and began working on some wood.
As he tried to pivot and dado, the wood moved and the table saw went right into his hand. His middle finger and ring finger were broken. He need extensive medical work (almost $10,000 worth) and missed substantial time from work over three months (which also cost him nearly $10,000).
He sued the manufacturer of the table saw and claimed it was unsafe and defective. The company disagreed and said he failed to follow instructions. The jury found for the plaintiff. They awarded him $68,278.
Contact Chicago Lawyers Experienced with Table Saw Injuries
The team at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is ready and able to provide any assistance that you need if you have been the victim of a table saw accident.
Give us a phone call today or use our contact form to speak with a Chicago personal injury lawyer at our law office about your rights as a consumer and an employee— if the accident occurred while on the job. We will investigate the details of your case and perform a thorough investigation before letting you know exactly how we would proceed with the matter and what first steps you should take going forward.
Your consultation will be completely free of charge and so will our services if we are unable to help you receive the compensation that you are entitled to by law.