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Table Saw Injury Lawyer

Table Saw Injury Lawyer

Every year, thousands of people are severely injured after using table saws. For more than a decade, flesh-sensing safety technology has been available that could prevent almost all table saw injuries. Unfortunately, the manufacturers have refused to adopt it.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting table saw induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Black & Decker Table Saw Recall

In April 2017, about 400 Black & Decker 10″ portable table saws were recalled because the metal fold-up stand can collapse unexpectedly and cause injuries. The table saws have model number JT2504BD and they were sold exclusively at Walmart from February 2016 to August 2016. Click here to read more.

Sears Craftsman Table Saw Recall

In March 2017, about 46,000 Sears Craftsman 10″ portable table saws were recalled because the stand can collapse and cause severe injuries. Nine people suffered injuries to their fingers or hands, broken bones, lacerations, shoulder, or amputation. They were sold exclusively at Sears from April 2014 through October 2016. Click here to read more.

TS 55 REQ Table Saw Recall

In October 2013, the TS 55 REQ table saw manufactured by Festool USA was recalled due to a safety hazard. No injuries were reported, but the plunge lock can engage unexpectedly, allowing the blade to remain exposed after a cut is completed.

How Many People Are Injured?

Every year, there are over 40,000 table saw injuries, resulting in more than 4,000 amputations. Table saws cause more injuries than any other woodworking tool. Although SawStop safety technology has been around for more than ten years, not all table saw manufacturers have adopted it. In fact, the world’s largest tool manufacturers rejected it.

Table Saw Lawsuits

Now these manufacturers are facing dozens of lawsuits brought forth by people whose injuries could have been prevented had SawStop or similar safety mechanisms been in place. People who have lost fingers, hands, and arms to table saws have been devastated by their injuries, multiple surgeries, and medical bills they may never be able to pay so long as they are unable to work.

What Can Be Done to Prevent Injuries?

Consumer advocates are asking the government to require manufacturers to include the new safety mechanism. Though the proposal was introduced in 2003, it has languished due to industry opposition. Table saw design has remained relatively unchanged in the last 50 years, and adding the safety devices would add an estimated $100 to the price of the saw.

In 2012, California lawmakers tried to pass a law that would require all table saws sold after January 1, 2015 to have flesh-sensing safety technology. Proponents said the law would prevent thousands of injuries and billions in costs to society. The matter passed in the state assembly 52-2, but failed to pass in the California Senate.

The Power Tool Institute, an industry group that represents Black & Decker and Bosch, said that the price of their table saws with the safety devices would “increase dramatically,” eliminating low-priced consumer bench-top saws, and SawStop would have an unfair market advantage.

What is SawStop?

SawStop is a safety device that can detect skin contact with the saw blade, and stops the blade within milliseconds. The system includes an electronic detection system that sends an electrical signal to the blade. If someone touches the blade, this electrical signal drops, because the human body is a good conductor. Wood, in comparison, is a poor conductor of electricity. When the electrical signal in the blade drops, a digital signal processor triggers a fast-acting brake system to stop the blade. The entire system works in 3-5 milliseconds, or 1/200th of a second.

Man Awarded $1.5 Million in Table Saw Injury

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Carlos Osorio, who suffered severe, permanent finger injuries after using a Ryobi table saw. The court found that the table saw’s manufacturer, One World Technologies, was liable for Osorio’s injuries for failing to include the SawStop safety mechanism in the Ryobi table saw. If this safety mechanism had been included in the table saw, Osorio’s injuries would have been limited to a 1/8-inch cut on only one finger, instead of two unusable fingers and three fingers with no feeling, requiring five surgeries and $384,000 in medical expenses. The court awarded Osorio $1.5 million in damages.

Do I have a Table Saw Injury Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting table saw induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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