Defective Machinery Liability Lawyers
Many people, especially in the construction, manufacturing, and agriculture industries, operate machines at work which can sometimes be dangerous. If you or a loved one has been injured by a machine, a defective machinery liability lawyer can help you explore your legal rights. Leav & Steinberg LLP has provided representation for clients in defective machinery cases for 17 years.
Types of Machine Product Injuries
Numerous safety laws prevent machine-related injuries, and manufacturers are required to comply with strict safety regulations. Unfortunately, accidents do still happen, and they can result in life-changing injuries or death. Common types of machinery-related accidents include:
- Factory accidents
- Manufacturing accidents
- Utility/cable accidents
- Construction accidents
Injuries don’t have to happen on the job; they can occur at home, too. Even basic appliances like washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers pose some risk. As a result of injury, victims can suffer lost wages, extended hospital stays, pain, medical debt, diminished quality of life, and more.
What Is Machinery Product Liability?
Safety laws and protocols—including on-the-job training—prevent most machinery accidents, but many accidents occur from design defects, manufacturer errors, or improper installation. Machinery product liability cases seek to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. This could include a manufacturer failing to conduct proper testing or an oversight by a product installer, for example. An experienced machinery product liability attorney can conduct a thorough investigation of an accident to determine what factors may have played a part.
Machinery Product Liability Laws
The OSHA Act of 1970 requires employers to provide workplaces free from serious recognized hazards. Under OSHA, employees are entitled to preventative training in a language they understand. They also have the right to review records of workplace-related injuries and file a complaint if they feel their safety rights have been violated. Outside the workplace, ANSI B11 of the American National Standards and Technical Reports consists of product machinery-related safety risks and guidelines, highlighting the responsibility of both suppliers and users.
In cases where these OSHA or ANSI requirements aren’t met—whether due to a manufacturing error, improper installation, or other factors—the victim may be able to file a case against the responsible party. In New York, workers injured on the job can pursue a workers’ compensation claim or sue other negligent parties, such as suppliers or manufacturers.