Defective Tools or Machinery
In the world of construction, the tools and machinery used are the lifeblood of any project. However, when these essential items are defective, they pose significant risks, not just to the project’s timeline but, more critically, to the safety of the workers. The experienced Portland construction lawyers at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC can help you understand the legal recourse available for those injured due to such defects. Learn more about how we can help by calling us at (503) 862-8712 or contacting us online today.
Understanding Defective Tools and Machinery
Defective tools and machinery in the construction industry can range from malfunctioning power tools to faulty heavy equipment. These defects might be due to manufacturing errors, poor maintenance, or even design flaws. Injuries from such equipment can occur in the blink of an eye but leave lasting impacts. Examples include a saw that lacks proper safety guards or a crane with inadequate load-bearing capacity, both posing severe threats to onsite workers.
Common Injuries Caused by Defective Equipment
When construction equipment fails, the consequences can be severe. Common injuries include:
- Deep cuts or lacerations from sharp, unprotected machine parts.
- Broken bones or fractures due to equipment malfunctions.
- Electrocutions from faulty wiring or power tools.
These injuries can disrupt lives, leading to loss of income, long-term medical care, and in some cases, permanent disability.
Your Legal Rights and Protections
Workers injured by defective construction equipment have specific legal rights under Oregon laws. These include the right to seek compensation for injuries sustained due to employer negligence or product defects. Workers’ compensation may cover some immediate medical expenses and lost wages, but it might not fully account for long-term damages and pain and suffering. In this case, you might also pursue third-party damages against the manufacturer, a contractor, or any other party other than your employer who may have caused or contributed to the accident.
Liability for Injuries Caused by Defective Tools and Machinery
Determining liability in cases of defective tools and machinery is a complex process. Responsibility can fall on the shoulders of various parties, including:
- Manufacturers of the defective equipment.
- Employers who failed to maintain equipment properly.
- Contractors responsible for ensuring safe working conditions.
Your legal claims might involve arguments based on negligence, breach of warranty, or strict product liability, each requiring a strategic legal approach and the assistance of an experienced construction accident lawyer.
Steps to Take After an Injury Caused by Defective Tools or Machinery
The steps you take after being injured can have a huge impact on your ability to recover compensation. If you are injured by defective construction equipment, follow these steps:
- Seek Immediate Medical Attention: Your health should be your top priority.
- Report the Incident: Notify your supervisor or safety officer as soon as possible.
- Document Everything: Take photos of the defective equipment, your injuries, and the site.
- Gather Witness Statements: If anyone saw the incident, get their contact details and record their account of how the incident happened.
- Keep All Medical Records: These will be crucial for any future legal claims.
How We Can Help
At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, our lawyers are skilled in handling defective construction equipment cases. Our legal team, with over 50 years of combined experience, understands the intricacies of these cases. We have successfully secured substantial settlements and verdicts for clients injured in construction accidents, including those involving defective equipment. We know how to navigate the complexities of product liability and workplace safety laws to ensure our clients receive the justice and compensation they deserve.
Contact Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC For a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured due to defective construction equipment, do not face this challenge alone. Contact Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC for a free case evaluation. Our commitment is to your well-being and justice. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis with no upfront fees, so you can trust us to fight tirelessly for your rights. Call us today to start your journey towards recovery and compensation.