Power tools are useful for manual workers and the DIY enthusiast. They make what would otherwise be difficult tasks much more accessible.
Unfortunately, power tools also have the potential to be dangerous, even when you have taken all possible safety precautions. If you’ve been seriously hurt by a power tool and the seller or manufacturer has been negligent, then you may be able to hold them to account legally.
Outlined below are some examples of when this might be the case.
When the product was marketed inappropriately
Manufacturers have a duty to provide instructions on how to operate their equipment safely. They should also alert potential customers to any possible hazards. For instance, if the product contains sharp blades, is high-powered, or relies on hazardous chemicals, warnings should be provided. If an injury occurs and adequate warnings were not provided, then the manufacturer could be held legally responsible.
Errors in manufacturing
For power tools to operate safely, their key components need to be put in place correctly. If a manufacturer does not pay due care and attention when creating the tools, then something could go horribly wrong when a customer uses them. For instance, if the power source is not connected properly, the user could be electrocuted. If handles are not properly attached, then the tool could slip and cause catastrophic injuries.
It’s also possible that the tool may have contained design flaws from the very beginning. If a company has designed something that was always likely to place you in danger, then you may be able to hold them to account as well.
Injuries suffered in power tool accidents can be serious and even life-changing. Seeking legal guidance if you’ve been hurt can help you to assess your options in terms of pursuing compensation.