Getting Compensation for Saw and Cutting Blade Accidents
Saws and cutting blades are a part of nearly every construction site. Whether a worker needs to cut wood, metal, or glass, these powerful tools are necessary. Unfortunately, saws and cutting blades can be extremely dangerous to those using them and those in surrounding areas. Despite required safety precautions, saw and cutting blade accidents are common in the field of construction.
Saw and cutting blade accidents can result in catastrophic injuries. Construction accident lawyer Micheal E. Shelton can help accident victims from the Houston, TX, area go after liable parties for their full range of injury damages, including economic and non-economic losses.
Causes of Saw and Cutting Blade Accidents
The dangers of saws and cutting blades are well-known. Consequently, these tools and their users are required to meet certain safety standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a long list of requirements for cutting blades. With so many safety regulations, it may seem surprising that accidents still occur.
Most saw and cutting blade accidents are a result of neglect or willful wrongdoing. Construction companies often ignore safety standards and provide workers with saws and blades that lack proper safety measures, or tools that have not been properly maintained. Common causes of saw and cutting blade accidents include:
- Absence of safety guards
- Failure to use a push stick with a table saw
- Failure to wear protective eyewear
- Dull blades
- Defective tools or machinery
- Improper training on how to use machinery
Unfortunately, saw and cutting blade accidents typically happen without warning and very quickly, leaving workers no time to respond or do anything to prevent injuries.
Saw and Cutting Blade Accident Injuries
Whether a construction worker is making a minor cut with a handheld saw or using powerful cutting blades to cut through steel or concrete, they can suffer catastrophic injuries. Potential injuries in a saw or cutting blade accident include:
- Severe lacerations
- Amputation of fingers or limbs
- Facial injuries
- Eye damage
- Loss of vision
- Traumatic brain injuries (if struck by flying debris)
- Burns, resulting from sparks, fire, or heated materials
- Electric shock, resulting from electrical shorts
Saw and Cutting Blade Accident Damages
Injuries are just one aspect of damages in a saw or cutting blade accident. These types of accidents can result in costly financial losses, as well as emotional distress, and physical pain and suffering. It is important that liable parties are held accountable for the full extent of saw and cutting blade accident damages, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Anticipated cost of ongoing medical treatment and/or rehabilitation
- Loss of income
- Loss of wage earning potential, in the event the accident victim is unable to return to work
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Wrongful death damages, if injuries are fatal
Attorney Michael E. Shelton investigates the details of a saw or cutting blade accident so that he can identify liable parties and help his Houston clients get the maximum financial compensation they are due for their losses.
Get In Touch
If you or a loved one has been injured in a saw or cutting blade accident, attorney Michael E. Shelton can help you hold liable parties accountable for your losses. To discuss the details of your case, send us a message online at your earliest convenience or call our Houston law firm at (713) 807-0700.