Industrial Accidents Lawyer New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia
From manufacturing the high-quality products we enjoy to producing our food, the work industrial and agricultural employees do makes the American way of life possible. Because the equipment used in these occupations is often preventably dangerous, safe product design is crucial in minimizing the risks faced every day by workers. When workers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey suffer injuries because of a failure to guard or failure to warn against danger, a lawyer may pursue a defective product lawsuit. A product liability lawyer from The Locks Law Firm can offer more specific advice.
Failure to Guard and Failure to Warn
When manufacturers, maintenance firms, or product sellers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey fail to guard or warn against hazards, a defective product lawyer can hold them liable. A lawyer from our firm can demonstrate that the parties responsible neglected their duty to provide safe product design and warnings that resulted in injuries to workers. Such failure to warn or guard falls under defective product law, and an experienced lawyer can pursue compensation for people who are injured by defective industrial and agricultural machines.
If a worker receives workers compensation from his employer as a result of an injury, in most cases he or she is barred by law from suing his employer for negligence. However, this does not mean that the injured worker may not have a valid claim against the manufacturer of a defective or unsafe product if the dangerous condition of that product caused his or her injury.
In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, an experienced defective product and failure to guard and warn lawyer from The Locks Law Firm will evaluate your legal claim and determine what financial compensation you may be entitled to receive.
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Industrial and Agricultural Equipment Failures
If you have been injured by industrial or agricultural equipment in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or another area of the Northeast, a defective product and failure to warn and guard lawyer from The Locks Law Firm will evaluate your case and tell you what type of financial damages you can expect to receive. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
Serious injuries caused by industrial machinery and agricultural equipment have been occurring throughout the past century. Tragically, a significant percentage of these injuries could have been prevented by the use of reasonable safety measures in the design and manufacture of the machinery that is used in factories or on farms. Engineers have known how to prevent most of these injuries for many decades, but many companies frequently elected not to provide adequate safety equipment to protect workers in order to provide a cheaper product to their employers.
Virtually every one of the thousands of people who have lost an arm in the husking box of a corn picker could have been saved that gruesome and disabling fate had the manufacturer of the corn picker equipped the husking box with an interlocked cover, a safety device hat would have stopped the rollers on the machine whenever the cover was lifted to enable the farmer to unjam a clog or remove a stuck piece of corn.
Our experienced Pennsylvania and New Jersey defect product law firm handles claims involving the failure to guard and warn. A lawyer from The Locks Law Firm is trained and knowledgeable about machine manufacturers' legal obligations to provide safety measures for machine users.
Husking Box Injuries and In-Running Nip Points
In the agricultural areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a Locks Law Firm failure to warn or guard lawyer often sees devastating injuries caused by heavy farm machinery that is commonly used in harvesting crops, such as corn. The husking box of a corn picker is a classic example of the particularly dangerous industrial machine hazard known as an in-running nip point, which is where moving parts on some farm machinery come together. Farmers are often injured because they do not realize that an arm or hand can fit between the moving rolls, or that body parts can be pulled into the machine faster than a human being can react if a worker tries to unjam the machine by removing a piece of corn that has become wedged between the rollers.
The applicable safety engineering principle to most machine guarding cases is that the workers hands should never be exposed to the operating parts of the machine while the power is on. Interlocked guards have been known and available for many decades and could have prevented many injuries. The failure to adequately guard moving parts, such as the power take-off on a tractor, has caused terrible injuries when a farmer's clothes or hair becomes wrapped in the rapidly spinning device. Unfortunately, many farm injuries will continue to occur because of the failure to adequately guard equipment which lasts for many years. Injuries from tractor rollovers can be prevented or minimized by reasonable safety measures, yet many serious injuries and deaths have occurred with the foreseeable use of inadequately guarded tractors on uneven terrain.
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Power Lawn Mower Accidents and Pressure Release Valves
Each year, many people are injured in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other areas of the Northeast by lawn mowers. A defective product and failure to warn and guard lawyer from The Locks Law Firm is trained to evaluate injuries that result from defects in these common pieces of household equipment.
Power lawn mowers cause serious injuries both on the farm and in the backyard. Mowers without interlocks that stop the blades from turning when the tractor is backing up have been the cause of many tragic accidents when a parent or grandparent backs over a child running up behind them, causing the loss of feet and legs. The means to provide the “no mow in reverse” safety feature on every riding lawn mower has been available for years, yet children continue to be maimed by the failure to do so. Inadequate shields to prevent the high velocity throwing of stones and other solid objects with the force of bullets have been the cause of serious preventable injuries in power lawn mower use as well.
The failure to provide pressure relief valves on plastic injection molding machines or extruders has been the cause of serious preventable burn injuries to operators when gas build up from the melting plastics or rubber causes an explosive eruption of molten plastic to escape the machine and seriously burn people working with the machines. These types of injuries are also foreseeable because of the nature of the manufacturing process and can be prevented by reasonable safety engineering in the design of the machines. When manufacturers fail to design safety into their machines and serious injury results, they may be liable. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the surrounding areas, a defective product attorney from The Locks Law Firm is here to help.
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Ladder and Scaffold Failures
Ladder failures are one of the most common causes of injury in the work place. Extension ladders, stepladders, job built ladders, rope ladders and others have failed in many foreseeable ways that could have been prevented by better design or by careful maintenance of the product. Ladder injuries are often very serious and must be carefully investigated by an experienced lawyer. If you have been injured by a ladder failure, it is critical to keep the ladder so that it can be inspected by your lawyer and experts involved in the case.
The failure to comply with OSHA guardrail regulations results in many scaffolding injuries each year, as do other unsafe practices in working from heights whether or ladders, scaffolds, cherry pickers or other devices. If a worker is injured by an inadequately designed elevated platform, by the failure to provide fall protection, or by the careless practices of others when erecting scaffolding, he may have a viable injury claim. The worker or a family member should contact a lawyer as soon as possible after an injury to assure that an adequate investigation can be done before critical evidence disappears.
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Contact a Pennsylvania and New Jersey Defective Product Attorney
If you have been injured in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or the Northeast by a defective product or a failure to warn or guard against defects, a lawyer from the The Locks Law Firm can help. We will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the best legal care available, and that you are compensated by careless manufacturers, maintenance companies, or other parties for any failure to warn or guard against agricultural or industrial hazards. A lawyer cannot eliminate serious injuries, but good representation can help you and your family get back on your feet as soon as possible and a successful product liability lawsuit provides incentive to manufacturers to improve design safety to prevent similar injuries to others in the future.
Contact a defective product lawyer at our firm today, and begin fighting for the compensation you deserve.
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Contact our offices in Pennsylvania or New Jersey if you have been injured by a defective product due to a manufacturer's failure to warn or failure to guard. A lawyer can help you claim compensation.