Each year thousands of workers are injured or killed at their work place. Although a state’s workers’ compensation system places limitations on the ability of employees to hold employers accountable for these work-related injuries, many people do not realize that there may be another available source of recovery. Injuries in the work place are often caused by defective products. If a product causes an on-the-job injury, a product liability suit may be brought against the product’s manufacturer. Catastrophic injuries, deaths, and amputations unfortunately too commonly occur from defective products found in the work place.
Our firm handles numerous product cases each year that arose in the context of an accident that occurred on the job or in the workplace. One such case is Huffman v. Stone & Webster. Mr. Huffman was employed by Stone and Webster. He assisted with the construction of a scaffold, used by boilermakers and others to repair a downed boiler at one of the Alabama Power Company plants. The scaffold was provided by another company, which was responsible for ensuring the safety of the construction and removal of the scaffold. The scaffold was constructed in an unsafe condition, and, among other things, lacked head pans. Also, the disassembly process required of Mr. Huffman and his fellow workers was dangerous. During the disassembly process, a large board fell from a few stories above Mr. Huffman, striking his head with such force that it punctured a hole in his hard hat. Mr. Huffman suffered a serious and permanent head injury and will be unable to work again.
Another case is Jones v. Gulf Equipment Company. Mr. Jones was working for Gulf Equipment when a Federal Express shipment arrived at their lot. The rolls of wire weigh over 1000 pounds. In order to unload the rolls, the FedEx driver and employees of Gulf Equipment were required to position the roll at the back of the trailer to allow a forklift to grab hold of and remove the roll of wire. During the attempt to unload two rolls of wire, the FedEx driver and a co-employee of Mr. Jones positioned the roll of wire in such a fashion that it fell off the back of the trailer onto Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones has suffered a permanent and debilitating pelvis injury.
If you have any questions regarding an on-the-job injury or death, do not hesitate to contact Kendall Dunson, Michael Andrews or Ben Locklar at 800-898-2034 or by email at Kendall.firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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