Pennsylvania Product Liability Claims in Table Saw Accidents


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Each year, thousands of people are injured in table saw accidents. Fingers may be severed and severe damage to the muscles, tendons or nerves may occur. Pennsylvania law is clear that product manufacturers such as table saw manufacturers have a duty to provide reasonably safe products. This same duty applies to any company or business which distributes or sells a product.

Table saw accidents are not the only type of power tool accidents which result in serious injury. Other power tools capable of serious injury include:

  • band saws,
  • circular saws,
  • jig saws,
  • chain saws,
  • grinders,
  • miter saws,
  • reciprocating saws, and
  • sanders.

Power toolsUnder Pennsylvania law, table saw manufacturers and distributors are guarantors of a product’s safety. Every element of the product must be safe for all intended uses. If a saw left the manufacturing warehouse or store lacking any element necessary to make it safe for its intended use, or contained a condition that rendered it unsafe for its intended use, then the saw may be considered defective.

A common issue in many table saw product liability cases is whether the saw was designed defectively. A products liability plaintiff injured by a power tool such as a table saw must prove the following three elements:

  1. the product was defective,
  2. the defect was a substantial factor in causing the injuries, and
  3. the defect must have existed at the time the product left the defendant’s control.

In considering whether a product was designed defectively, courts will balance the utility of the product against its dangers. This is known as a risk-utility analysis and also includes factors such as:

  • the seriousness of the dangers,
  • the likelihood of the dangers, and
  • the feasibility of a safer design.

To submit your case for review by our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania defective power tool lawyers, call Click To Call. Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation, and can obtain special admission in other states, such as New York or Delaware, on a case by case basis.

Our products liability attorneys serve accident victims in the following areas: Allegheny County, PA; Berks County, PA; Bucks County, PA; Chester County, PA; Delaware County, PA; Lehigh County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; Northampton County, PA: Philadelphia County, PA; Atlantic County, NJ; Burlington County, NJ; Camden County, NJ; Cumberland County, NJ; Gloucester County, NJ; Salem County, NJ; New Castle County, DE; Kent County, DE; Atlantic City, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Newark, NJ; Doylestown, PA; Media, PA; West Chester, PA; Norristown, PA; Camden, NJ; Wilmington, DE; Newark, DE; Georgetown, DE; and New Castle, DE. Our lawyers can obtain special admission in other states on a case by case basis.

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