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When workplace machines and equipment are defective and malfunction while in use, workers can be faced with severe injuries through no fault of their own. Faulty machines regularly cause crush injuries, bone fractures, burns and limb amputations.

In the construction industry alone, over 400 workers are killed on the job each year in machine and equipment accidents, many the result of mobile equipment like cranes, trucks and backhoes. Factory accidents throughout Ohio are equally as dangerous.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the majority of heavy equipment incidents at the workplace are vehicle-related collisions in various industries. Common injuries result from overturning, collision, falling debris, electrocution or becoming caught in running machinery.

Workers in agriculture, manufacturing, fracking, construction, mining and transportation are tasked with operating large, dangerous tools and machinery to perform their job. When these machines are faulty and malfunction, the equipment can be hazardous and cause permanent severe disabilities.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio product liability lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of product liability and workplace injury cases.


Ohio Machine Accidents


Injuries involving heavy equipment and machines can be severe and even fatal. An injury may occur due to negligence of management or due to defective machinery.

There are hundreds of machine types used in Ohio workplaces, including heavy equipment used in road construction, agriculture, fracking and manufacturing. Some of the more common machines involved in injuries include:


Poorly Maintained Machinery


It is an employer’s responsibility to conduct machine and equipment safety inspections. If defects or safety issues are found, the employer is responsible for fixing old equipment or buying new, safe equipment to protect workers.

If machinery is made defective through use, and an employer does not maintain or replace it, there may be claims against the employer for endangering employees. It also against the law for an employer to remove or alter safety features on machinery. Some instances of employers endangering workers include the following:

  • Purchasing cheap, worn equipment
  • Using poor quality replacement parts
  • Neglecting scheduled machine maintenance
  • Failing to remove broken machinery from the work floor
  • Inadequately training workers
  • Removing equipment and machine safeguards
  • Failing to supply protective equipment
  • Ignoring notice about malfunctioning machines


Defective Machinery Lawsuits


Product Liability Claims: If machinery or equipment is inherently defective by design and injures an employee, an investigation will be necessary. A claim can be filed against the manufacturer of the equipment.

If the machinery is defective through use, and an employer did not maintain or replace it, then there may be claims against the employer for endangering employees. Experts will be needed to analyze the injury circumstances and the machines to determine the best course of legal action.

Employers have a responsibility to maintain equipment. It also against the law for an employer to remove or alter safety features on machinery. Some instances of employers cutting corners and endangering workers have included the following:

  • Purchasing inferior equipment
  • Using poor quality replacement parts
  • Neglecting needed repairs on machinery
  • Failing to remove broken machinery from work floors
  • Failing to properly train workers
  • Removing equipment and machine safeguards
  • Failing to supply safety equipment (goggles, face masks, gloves)
  • Ignoring notice about malfunctioning or faulty equipment


Machine Defect Accident


Workers compensation is available for on-the-job machine injuries: Workers compensation is intended to provide injured workers with prompt medical care and income replacement while they recover. Because the process for obtaining the proper workers comp in Ohio can be complicated, it can be useful to contact an experienced Ohio labor attorney to assist you in the procedures of filing an initial claim or a denied claim.

Following any workplace machine malfunction accident, it is important to preserve any evidence and witness testimony, and to consult with a product liability and workplace injury attorney to weigh your legal options.

Lawsuits can recover rightful compensation for injured workers, and can help pay for medical costs, long-term disability, and lost wages following an accident. Machine malfunction can occur in many different job settings and industries such as:


Machine Malfunction Accident


Machines may be defective in design or made improperly and assembled with poor materials. If any workplace machine malfunctions and injures an employee, a claim can be filed against the manufacturer of the equipment, and potentially the company for lack of training or oversight.

When machines and equipment malfunction at the workplace, workers can be faced with severe injuries which can threaten their life. Poorly maintained machines made defective through use may cause crush injuries, severe burns and amputations.

Each year, hundreds of workers in road construction, mining and manufacturing lose their life or suffer permanent injuries on the job in machine and equipment accidents.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the majority of equipment incidents at the workplace are vehicle-related collisions in the construction, mining, fracking, factory and warehouse industries.

Individuals working in these high-risk workplaces sustain a great deal more work-related injuries than other American workers. When a piece of equipment fails due to poor maintenance or incorrect maintenance procedures, your employer may be held responsible.

Workers should never be placed in a situation where they must operate unsafe equipment, and risk their life at the workplace. The potential loss of income from walking away from the job can be stressful, however, there are recourses against unjust termination in these cases.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has laws that help protect workers from retaliation from an employer that requires them to operate unsafe equipment.

Employees can file a complaint with OSHA and contact an experienced labor attorney. If an investigation finds evidence that supports a claim against an employer, the court of law in Ohio is likely to compensate victims for injuries caused, lost wages and benefits, and pain and suffering.

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Many product liability cases have had a positive impact on public health and safety, and we have witnessed improved lives and future injuries prevented as companies are forced to remove products and change designs and warnings as a result of litigation.

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Questions about Product Liability & Case Types

What is a Product Liability Lawsuit?

Product liability lawsuits often contain causes of action for strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. Strict liability applies to different factors than negligence-based claims.

In negligence cases, the actions of the defendant are the focus. In strict liability claims, the focus is on the condition of a product at the time it left the manufacturer. If a product is determined to be defective, the company is liable for any foreseeable injuries that are in-part caused by the defective condition of the product.

What are some examples of Product Liability?
How is a Product Defined as Defective?
Ohio Definition of Defective

A product is defective if it is unreasonably dangerous for its intended use. A legal cause of action can be based on several types of product defects. The following are Cincinnati product liability and strict liability claims available in Ohio and in most jurisdictions nationwide:

(1)  Manufacturing/ Construction Defect:

These issues arise where the product is released from the factory in a manner that deviates from the intended design or specifications. The defect can be a result of using the wrong materials, including the wrong or completely foreign materials (e.g., Tylenol contamination, food poisoning, damaged car part from factory installation).

As a result of the deviation, the product enters the market in an unreasonably dangerous condition and the consumer is exposed to or purchases a product that is defective. Any personal injuries or economic loss that arise from the the defect are compensable under Ohio product liability law.

(2) Defective design and/or formulation:

Defective design product liability cases arise not because a mistake was made during the manufacturing process, but rather the original design of the product is unreasonably dangerous. A “risk benefit analysis” is used to determine whether safer/less expensive alternative designs were available to the manufacturer.

Federal regulations set minimum standards for the design of many consumer products, and preemption defenses may preclude liability in some situations if the manufacturer follows and obtains federal approval for a product. Automotive recalls and product liability cases are usually a result of a defective design. Common cases include the Toyota Brake Recall, Chrysler Gen III seat belt buckle, lap belt only cases, Metal on Metal hip implants, transvaginal mesh.)

(3) Failure to warn or inadequate warning or instruction associated with the product:

All consumer products come with necessary and appropriate warnings and instructions for use. If the lack of a warning makes the product and use of the product unsafe, the manufacturer is liable for the failure to place the warning. The most common area of litigation for failure to warn is in pharmaceutical litigation.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers are required to warn of the known or foreseeable side effects and update the warnings in a timely manner. Litigation arises where there is evidence the manufacturer failed to timely update a warning in light of new data or simply ignored the risk and failed to conduct sufficient research to identify and then disclose the risk.

(4) Misrepresentation:

The product fails to conform to a representation or warranty. Warranty claims are more common in commercial and economic loss cases than in personal injury cases. In many States, The Product Liability Act does not apply to cases with only economic loss, because the Commercial Code provides recourse for breach of warranty.

The warranty may be written or implied based upon the products intended purpose and merchantability. An example of a breach of warranty cases are cases involving automotive defects.

How do you prove design defects?

Risks:  The following factors are considered under Ohio law when determining the risks associated with the design of a product:  (1) the magnitude of the risk of injury; (2) ordinary consumer awareness of the risk for injury; (3) the likelihood of causing injury; (4) the violation of a private or public standard; and (5) the consumer’s expectation of the performance of the product and level of danger. Ohio Revised Code 2307.5 (B) Product Defective in Design or Formulation.

BenefitsThe following factors are considered under Ohio law when determining the benefits associated with product design: (1) the utility of the product; (2) availability of an alternative design; (3) the magnitude of risks associated with an alternative design. Ohio Revised Code 2307.5 (c)

Defenses for Defective Design(1) a pharmaceutical drug or medical device is not defective by design if it contains an adequate warning of an unavoidably unsafe aspect of the pharmaceutical or medical device; (2) the dangerous aspect is inherent to the product, recognizable, and cannot be eliminated without compromising the product’s usefulness; (3) a lack of a feasible alternative design. 2307.75 (d)(e)(f).

EXAMPLES:

What is a manufacturing defect?
  • A manufacturing defect is based on a defect that occurred during the manufacturing process. Many auto companies have been involved in this kind of product liability lawsuits in recent years, due to defective airbags, software defects, tire failure, and other dangerous manufacturing errors.

    Most manufacturing defect cases are based on a products deviation from the intended specification, formula, performance standards, or design model. In such cases, it may be easy to determine the product did not comply with the intended design.

    The product may be recalled as a specific lot is identified as being non-compliant and defective. A product may be defective in manufacture or construction, materials and assembly, and a manufacturer or distributor may be subject to strict liability, even though it exercised all possible care.  Ohio Revised Code 2307.74.


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What is a failure to warn lawsuit?

In determining whether a product is defective due to inadequate warning or instruction, evidence must be presented to prove:

  • The manufacturer knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care, should have known about a risk
  • A reasonable manufacturer would have provided a warning of the risk
  • The manufacturer failed to provide the warning
  • The person was injured due to a lack of warning. The same elements apply whether the claim is based on a warning present during the marketing or post-sale warnings.

Defenses to Failure to Warn Claims(1) the risk was open and obvious or a matter of common knowledge; and (2) in cases of a pharmaceutical drug or medical device, the warning was provided to the prescribing physician (“Learned Intermediary Doctrine”).

Many pharmaceutical companies have been targeted in failure to warn lawsuits for either failing to place warnings on medication guides and packaging or failing to properly test their product before putting it to market.


 

What are consumer product safety regulations?

Design and manufacturing defects result in thousands of product recalls each year in the United States, initiated by federal safety agencies. Following injury and illness, regardless of recall status, victims and plaintiffs may pursue legal action and contact a product liability lawyer to begin the litigation process. Rightful compensation can be sought and help plaintiffs recover medical costs and other related damages.

Product liability law overlaps with regulatory law, which are the systems of legislative rules and administrative agencies, and part of federal and state governments. These agencies regulate the safety of the products sold to the public. Examples include:

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA;)
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

The listed government agencies, however, may initiate recalls of dangerous products but do not provide remedies or compensation for damages where an individual is injured due to the defective product.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

 Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Product Liability Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters.   Product Liability lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world 

Discovering a Product Defect:
Initial Steps

 

  1. Secure the product;
  2. Obtain a complete history from the client and any witnesses on the purchase, use and incident with the product
  3. Obtain all incident or accident reports and photographs;
  4. Obtain medical records of admission, EMS and first four days of hospital admission;
  5. Obtain any government agency via FOIA requests;
  6. Research any other similar incidents including lawsuits;
  7. Research any active recalls;
  8. Research any nuanced areas of law that the facts reveal;
  9. Consult with appropriate experts;
  10. Determine whether case merits filing a lawsuit
  11. Perform any product inspection or testing with appropriate protocols in place. 

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to a defective product or recalled product to obtain just compensation under the law. 

DEFECTIVE LAP BELT RESTRAINT

SPINAL CORD INJURY

(Pikeville, Kentucky): Confidential settlement for Plaintiff who suffered spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia due to defectively designed seat belt. Four passengers with three-point (lap/shoulder) belts walked away from the accident, and the only passenger wearing a two-point belt (lap only) suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury. The settlement assisted with home improvements to assist in daily living. GM entered federal bankruptcy during the process and no longer manufactures two-point lap belts for vehicles.

DEFECTIVE PROPANE WALL HEATER

WRONGFUL DEATH 

(Hillsboro, Ohio): Confidential Settlement for the family of elderly man who was catastrophically burned while operating a propane wall heater. The burns resulted in his unfortunate death. The heater, manufactured and sourced from China, was alleged to allow the flame to reach outside the grid area in violation of ANSI standards. The Defendant resolved the case following discovery and mediation. The recovered funds were paid to the victim’s surviving spouse and children. The company no longer manufactures this type of heater.

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