Table saws are essential tools for many jobs, as they make cutting materials quicker and easier. But table saws are also extremely dangerous, and can cut off a finger or multiple fingers in a split second if they are not equipped with a saw stop safety mechanism to brake the blade in an emergency. Table saw manufacturers have a legal responsibility to make tools that are safe and effective when used as intended. But many table saws still lack modern safety brakes to prevent the amputation of a finger or other serious injury.
If you have been injured by a dangerously defective table saw or other power tool, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. Our Morristown personal injury lawyers at The Terry Law Firm have been assisting victims of defective products in Hamblen, Greene, and Hawkins Counties, and throughout East Tennessee, for more than five decades, and we tirelessly fight for the compensation you are owed.
The vast majority of table saw manufacturers have not updated the safety systems on their saws in decades, according to the National Consumers League, a non-profit group. Meanwhile, the number of table saw injuries has increased to more than 40,000 a year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Table saw manufacturers have stubbornly resisted adopting saw stop safety mechanisms, contending that such mechanisms would require retooling production lines and raise the cost of table saws.
In October 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to move forward with the development of national safety standards for table saws because of the unreasonable risk of injury that table saws pose. Current federal standards require that table saws used in workplaces have a blade guard, a spreader, and an anti-kickback device. But some saw operators takes steps to bypass, avoid, or discard the safety equipment because they think it gets in the way of operating the saw.
A serious table saw accident may leave you unable to work for an extended period of time, involve loss of income, and require job retraining. Our Morristown personal injury attorneys may be able to help you obtain compensation to ease the financial stress after a serious accident so you can focus on recovery.
We can’t heal your wounds, but we can help you obtain compensation to provide financial security and some peace of mind during the lengthy recovery process. For a free consultation, contact us at (423) 536-6220.