The 5 most common causes of power drill accidents are:
- Inattention of user
- Unexpected interruption while working
- Inexperience of user
- Overconfidence of user
- Faulty design or manufacture
The 5 most common causes of power drill accidents are:
Flawed design or lack of safety features may be grounds for a power drill injury lawsuit. In order to prevail in a product liability case, it must be shown that:
Compared to the staggering number of people injured in accidents involving power tools each year—900,000—the 5,800 injuries caused by power drills seems almost minuscule. Unless, of course, you’re one of those who were injured by a power drill. While drill injuries aren’t as numerous as table saw injuries, it’s clear all power tools including hand drills, circular saws and nail guns can cause serious injuries such as torn wrist muscles or severe burns.
Take the case of the 25-year-old man who died after falling off a ladder with a power drill in his hand. When he fell, his head landed on the spinning drill bit. The bit entered through his jaw and severed a carotid artery. If you or someone in your family has been injured by a power drill, you may have grounds to seek restitution through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Our Milwaukee product liability attorneys have handled numerous power tool injury cases and offer a free initial consultation to help determine if you have a case worth pursuing through the legal system. There is no charge whatsoever for this consultation, and no obligation to hire Warshafsky Law.
Often, people come to us after being injured by a power tool while on the job. If this is your situation, your best course of action is to file for workers’ compensation. Even if your injury was caused by negligence on the part of your employer or a coworker, you will most likely be limited to workers’ comp benefits. However, if you have been seriously injured or disabled, you may also be entitled to a lump sum settlement. Workers’ compensation benefits will cover your medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and about two-thirds of your pre-injury income. Unfortunately, workers' comp does not provide any compensation for your pain and suffering.
You may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering, on top of your workers' comp. Get a free case assessment.
If your on-the-job power drill injury was caused by someone not working directly for your employer (for example a sub-contractor), you may be able to file a third-party negligence claim along with your workers’ compensation claim. A settlement from a third-party claim will cover the full amount of your lost wages and can also include compensation for pain and suffering.
One thing to bear in mind: if your third-party claim is successful you will have to reimburse workers’ comp for any money they may have already paid for your injury. You will, however, be able to keep the difference between the partial lost wages paid by workers comp and the total amount of wages awarded to you. You will also be able to keep any amount awarded for pain and suffering (not provided by workers comp).
A third-party negligence claim can be filed against a sub-contractor, a neighbor or any non-coworker responsible for your injury because of their negligent use of a power drill. To win you will need to prove the following:
The defendant's legal team will look for ways to show you were partly to blame for your own injury. Your chances of getting the compensation you deserve increase dramatically with an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.
We hold manufacturers and others responsible for dangerously defective products.
Sometimes, the cause of an accident can be attributed to flawed product design or defects caused by the manufacturing process. If you believe this is what caused your power drill injury, there may be grounds for filing a product liability claim. These types of lawsuits can be filed against the drill manufacturer, its designer, and even the store where it was purchased.
Additionally, in 2011 Wisconsin altered its statutes on liability law to include a requirement that the plaintiff must present a reasonable alternative design for the product which would have prevented the injury. Rest assured, the personal injury attorneys of Warshafsky Law have extensive experience locating expert witnesses to address this requirement and will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to build the most compelling case possible.
Our personal injury and product liability attorneys handle complex power drill lawsuits arising from issues such as:
Power drill injuries can be devastating for victims and their families. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or wrongful death caused by a defective power drill, contact Warshafsky Law today for a free case evaluation.
One thing to keep in mind with suits involving personal injury, the opposing side’s insurance company will argue that you were at least partially responsible for the injury you suffered. In such cases, the court will give consideration to what extent your own negligence may have contributed to the injury and reduce the damages accordingly.
If you are found to be more than 50% negligent for your accident and injuries, you will be unable to recover any damages. If you are found to be less than 50% responsible, the same percentage will be taken from your damages. For example, if it is found that you were 40% responsible for the injury, the award would be reduced by 40%.
Due to the complexity of product liability lawsuits, it is imperative you consult an experienced personal injury attorney to give your claim the greatest chance of success.
What should you do if you’ve been injured by a defective power tool and intend to file a personal injury claim?
First: Seek medical attention for your injuries. Your priority is protecting your health. Documenting the extent of your injuries through professional medical assistance establishes proof of injury (a requirement for a personal injury claim).
Second: Preserve evidence related to your injury, including:
The more evidence you have, the more likely your claim will be successful. Make sure an inadvertent mistake doesn’t ruin your chance of getting the compensation you deserve. Speak to a personal injury lawyer at Warshafsky today to learn how to protect your rights.
If you've been seriously injured by a defective power drill, don't get screwed by a lowball offer.
Victims injured by faulty power drills or the negligence of another deserve compensation to restore them to their state before the accident took place. The amount of damages awarded in a lawsuit or settlement varies greatly and depends on factors such as:
Warshafsky Law has a reputation for winning society-changing judgments, not only obtaining huge financial awards for injured victims but effecting change to benefit society. Contact Milwaukee’s toughest product liability law firm today for a free, no-obligation assessment of your case.
If you’re going up against the well-funded insurance companies of power tool manufacturers, you need a law firm with some clout. Unlike the “sign and settle” personal injury law firms that are a dime a dozen in Milwaukee, Warshafsky Law won’t stand for the lowball offers of settlement which are commonly made in personal injury cases.
Sign and settle law firms want you to just sign on the dotted line and take whatever is offered so the attorneys can take their cut and move on to the next case as quickly as possible. Not Warshafsky. We put our clients’ best interests first and prepare every case from day one as if it will go to court. We’re not afraid to go up against the big shot attorneys working for the insurance companies, and they know it. A long history of huge wins and society-changing judgments has made Warshafsky Law a force to be reckoned with.
When you have been horribly injured and there’s a case to be made for someone else is the cause of your injury, it’s not unreasonable to expect financial compensation for your damages. You have only one shot at restitution through the legal system. Why not get the best attorneys you can?
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury or death due to a defective power tool, take action to protect yourself and your family today. The aggressive personal injury attorneys of Warshafsky Law will uncover and fight against the root of the problem to win the compensation you deserve and prevent future accidents like yours.
If your injury occurred some time ago and you are only now looking into pursuing legal action, bear in mind that Wisconsin’s statute of limitations on personal injury and product liability claims is 3 years. We urge you to take action before you are barred from doing so.