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Defective Equipment Causing Industrial Injuries

Billions of Dollars Won on Behalf of Injured Workers

Many industrial accidents occur due to the operation of defective equipment and tools in the workplace. If you have sustained injuries in an industrial accident because of defective equipment, the attorneys at Arnold & Itkin can help you. We know life becomes more difficult after sustaining injuries in an accident; that is why we are dedicated to helping clients recover the compensation they deserve.

Defective equipment can include the following:

  • Hand tools used for welding, hammering, and other activities;
  • Industrial equipment including rotators, conveyors, feeder belts; and
  • Transportation equipment such as forklifts, cranes, hoists, and derricks.

Injured by Defective or Malfunctioning Equipment?

The use of defective equipment can lead to a range of head and body injuries, including injuries to the eyes and face. There can be falls from defective stairways and ladders, as well as injuries caused when malfunctioning loading and unloading equipment is used for lifting and lowering heavy loads. Any defective component that is used in the assembly and disassembly of a crane can cause serious crane accidents, including tip-overs or collapses. Electrical equipment that does not come with proper insulation can cause electrocution, burns, and electric shock.

Defective equipment can often lead to construction accidents. Defective crane components can affect the reliability of the assembly and, consequently, the operations of the crane, leading to severe accidents. Even concrete girders, beams, and defective scaffolding can cause serious construction accidents that can be traced to negligence on the equipment manufacturer. Defective tools that are used by workers can lead to severed limbs, crushing injuries, and fractures. Malfunctioning nail guns can cause ricocheting of nails, resulting in severe eye and head injuries.

Understanding Liability for Defective Equipment

OSHA provides guidelines for equipment specifications. These are not restricted to powered tools and machinery, but also regular equipment found around the workplace. For instance, temporary stairways on a construction site are required to have landings that are at least 22 inches wide and 30 inches deep, at every 12 feet of rising, and stairways must be clear of projections. Fixed ladders also have minimum weight support capabilities they must meet before they are used. Employers are required to provide equipment that meets these specifications.

When a worker is injured by defective equipment, the manufacturer of the equipment may be named in a lawsuit to claim damages for the injury. If the equipment was rented, then the company that rented out the equipment may also be liable. Companies that are in charge of oversight of work are required to make sure that any equipment being used by the workers meets all recommended standards and specifications.

Contact Our Defective Equipment Law Firm: (888) 493-1629!

At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we have seen how profound of an impact this type of injury can have on the life of the victim. If you have recently suffered from defective equipment in an accident that could have been prevented, then you deserve to seek the legal representation of an attorney from our legal team as soon as possible.

Contact our law firm today if you would like to discuss your case in more depth: (888) 493-1629!

Defective Equipment FAQ

Who Is Responsible for My Injuries?

The law requires employers to follow specific requirements for maintaining a safe workplace. This means that all employers are responsible for inspecting, maintaining, and operating safe machinery in their workplaces. However, other parties—such as the manufacturer of the defective equipment—might be liable for your accident as well.

Should I Accept A Settlement from My Company?

Not without speaking to an experienced lawyer. Settlements are often designed by companies or their insurers to get a person to accept less than they deserve and prevent them from pursuing further damages. Speaking with an attorney will help you decide if your settlement offer is fair. It’ll also help you find out if you are entitled to more damages than what you initially may have thought.

What Can I Recover from a Defective Equipment Lawsuit?

Our defected equipment lawsuit lawyers are focused on two things: obtaining the compensation that clients deserve and holding negligent parties accountable. Our team will fight to recover losses associated with your accident such as lost wages, medical bills, and the cost of any future treatment you’ll require. Every case is different and speaking with us as soon as possible will help you understand your options.

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  • $171Million One of the Largest Confidential Settlements in History Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement of $171 million.
  • $97Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers Arnold & Itkin is proud to share that after months of preparation for trial, our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Find out more now.
  • $44Million The Largest Verdict Ever Won for an Amputee Victim Arnold & Itkin represented a construction superintendent who required a leg amputation after a crane collapse. At the time of the collapse, our client had been standing behind a safety fence 100 feet away when a fallen piece of crane equipment pinned him down. Our firm got him the largest award ever given in a case involving loss of limb, including $8.5 million in punitive damages.
  • $39.7Million Record Verdict Won for Victim of Industrial Accident Attorneys Kyle Findley and Adam Lewis obtained a record $39.744 million verdict on behalf of a client who was burned in a severe dust fire and explosion at a plywood plant in Corrigan, TX.
  • $18.5Million Second Verdict Won for 4 Victims of Geismar Explosion In our second trial on behalf of victims of the 2013 plant explosion in Geismar, LA, Arnold & Itkin won a massive verdict for 4 workers and their families. The verdict will go toward providing the extensive care they have required in the years since the explosion as well as the care they will need for the rest of their lives. This was the second of 2 massive verdicts Arnold & Itkin won against Williams Companies, Inc.
  • $15.5Million Massive Verdict Won for Geismar Explosion Victims Arnold & Itkin won a landmark verdict against Williams Companies, Inc. and child company Williams Olefins LLC for their part in the 2013 explosion that killed 2 workers and injured over 100 more. Williams Companies tried to blame the incident on their limited liability shell company, but the jury saw through the defense. They awarded 95% of the blame to Williams Companies, Inc. and gave our clients the money they needed for medical care.
  • $13.7Million Massive Settlement Won Only Months After Injury Arnold & Itkin represented a plant worker who was seriously injured in an accident on the job. Plant injuries are often complex, taking years to fully investigate and litigate. Fortunately, our firm’s work was able to secure a multi-million dollar settlement mere months after the injury took place. Now our client’s medical expenses and other needs are taken care of for the rest of his life.
  • $12Million Injured Worker Received Settlement for Burn Injuries Our industrial injury lawyers have recently recovered $12 million on behalf of a plant worker who suffered burns when a safety valve failed at the refinery where he was employed. His settlement will go toward providing him with extensive and long-term medical care. His employer chose to settle his case two weeks before trial was set to begin.
  • $11.7Million Settlement Won for Plant Worker Injured During Turnaround Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin successfully recovered $11.75 million on behalf of a man who was injured while working a turnaround at an industrial plant. He was injured because he and his team were not informed of the plant’s dangers, and his family turned to Arnold & Itkin shortly afterward. Our team was able to get him money for his present and future medical expenses less than a year after he was injured.
  • $11.6Million Verdict Secured for a Worker Partially Blinded on the Job Our client was only offered $300,000 by the defendant for his near-total loss of sight in one eye, but the jury only deliberated for less than 2 days before they found the defendant guilty of defective equipment design. They gave our client an award of $11.6 million.
  • $4.97Million Settlement Reached for Orthopaedic Injury Victim Our team worked to represent a client who was severely injured while working at a chemical plant. He was performing construction and maintenance work at the time of the incident. In the end, our firm was successful in settling the case for $4.97 million.
  • $4.8Million Verdict Won for Bereaved Daughter Kurt Arnold recovered $4.8 million for a client whose father was killed after suffering a severe head injury in Port Arthur, Texas. Winning justice for grieving clients is a primary reason we became lawyers, and it's our honor to help clients like this one receive help.
  • $4Million Victim of Plant Explosion Received Millions in Settlement Arnold & Itkin attorneys represented a Mississippi man who was severely injured in a Texas refinery plant explosion. Cases like these require a high level of experience and investigative resources due to the myriad factors involved in a plant explosion. Our attorneys are proud to have helped our client receive a settlement of $4,000,000.
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