Table saws are incredibly dangerous machines capable of doing unthinkable damage 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.
It doesn’t have to be this way, however, and technology already exists that has been proven to nearly eliminate the risk of losing digits or limbs while using these machines. Table saw manufacturers have refused to implement this technology in their products and this decision may make them liable for any injury caused since the existence of SawStop technology.
What is SawStop?
Since 2003, a technology deemed SawStop has existed that could be revolutionary if power tool manufacturers would use it in their designs. It 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 technology works is because 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 SawStop 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 Can Impact a 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 table saw injuries in the past ten years is that the refusal of major table saw manufacturers to 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.
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 treatments 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.
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.
The team at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are ready and able to provide any assistance that you need if you have been the victim of a table saw accident. Contact us today to speak with an attorney 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.