On the job or during our side projects, we trust the machinery we use to get our work done is safe, effective, and free of defects. Unfortunately, negligence on the part of manufacturers, distributors, and other parties can lead to damage to this machinery, leading to severe injuries to the people who use this equipment.
If you are the victim of a machinery defect, seeking compensation alone can be difficult and overwhelming. Trust the Atlanta defective equipment attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. to guide you through the litigation process.
Why Choose Us
- Our Atlanta work injury attorneys have access to resources that can benefit your claim and investigation, including medical experts and accident reconstruction specialists.
- Our firm has over 35 years of experience in Georgia tort litigation, including product liability and defective machinery lawsuits. We have the skills and experience necessary to build a compelling case on your behalf.
- We pride ourselves in our dedication to our clients and our strong track record of high-value settlements. Our Atlanta defective equipment attorneys will advocate aggressively for your right to compensation.
Common Injuries Caused by Defective Machinery
Machinery defects occur more often than many of us may believe. These defects can occur during any phase of the manufacturing process, from design and ideation to producing safety labels and warranties to the sale and distribution of these items. Often, machinery defects come at the expense of the employees who must use these machines.
Some of the most common injuries you may sustain due to defective machinery include the following:
- Mangled limbs: Your arms or legs may catch inside of a machine that cannot shut off or has a defective emergency switch. These injuries often require amputation.
- Spinal cord damage: Damage to the vertebrae and nerves along the spinal cord can lead to paralysis and a loss of sensation and function below the injury site.
- Traumatic brain injury: Your brain is the control center of your body, responsible for many of our functions. A penetrative injury or blow to the head during an accident with defective machinery — or due to the machine itself — can lead to permanent brain damage.
- Broken bones and fractures: Depending on the location and severity of the break, broken bones often require lengthy recovery periods, reconstructive surgery, and permanent damage.
Who Is Liable for Defective Machinery?
Like many personal injury cases, multiple parties may be responsible for your injuries following a defective machinery accident. To identify who to hold liable, you and your workers’ comp attorney will need to investigate your case thoroughly to determine the cause and who is responsible for the defect.
Common defendants in defective machinery lawsuits include the following:
- Manufacturers: All manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the products they produce do not contain any flaws or defects. Sometimes, machinery defects can occur during the manufacturing process, and when that machinery leaves the manufacturing plant, the company may be liable.
- Distributors: Any party who distributes heavy machinery has a responsibility to ensure that the products come with adequate warnings and are free of defects and potential hazards.
- Designers: Sometimes, the nature of the defect is part of the machinery’s design. In these situations, the designer of the machinery may be liable for any injuries you sustain.
Contact an Atlanta Defective Machinery Lawyer
Are you suffering from severe injuries after an accident involving a defective machine? Whether the accident took place on the job or while you were helping a friend with a project, you may be eligible for compensation through a product liability lawsuit.
In these situations, trust the Atlanta defective equipment lawyers at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. to find your optimal path to recovery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and begin strategizing your next steps.