Power Tool Malfunctioned…Now What?


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Power tool use is through the roof over the past decade. Thanks to large home improvement stores around the country, nearly every household either owns or has regular access to large, heavy duty power tools, like table saws, pressure washers, etc. When these products malfunction, the user may be able to bring a product liability suit against the manufacturer as well as the retailer and distributor. Especially in serious injury cases, manufacturers may be liable for the medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more info about defective products law and power tools in Pennsylvania, click here.

Here’s the reality about power tools and safety: all product manufacturers exist for one thing and one thing only – profits. That means using new, cheaper component parts and developing cheaper ways to mass produce goods. Part of the problem is that shipping jobs overseas, while it is cheaper, also means sacrificing safety. Power tools are no different than any other mass produced good in this respect. They are just more dangerous.

Power tool malfunctions can and do occur, and when they do, the results are often tragic. If not fatal, these accidents lead to disfigurement, loss of fingers, toes and sometimes, limbs.

In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, product manufacturers are required to provide goods which are reasonably safe for their intended uses. Sometimes, manufacturers can be held to account for reasonably foreseeable unintended uses. Power tools must generally be reasonable safe for their intended and foreseeable unintended uses. For instance, if a certain power tool is known to jam, then the manufacturer may be liable for failing to take into account that a user may alter the tool or otherwise misuse the tool when it jams.

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