Table Saw Injury Lawyers: SawStop Lawsuits Over Failure to Include Safety Device
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential table saw injury lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States who suffered an amputation, nerve damage or other laceration injury while using a table saw manufactured since 2003, as the product may not have featured SawStop safety technology.
Thousands of people have suffered a serious and permanent table saw injury that may have been avoided if manufacturers had adopted SawStop, which has been available for more than a decade to prevent the blade from causing serious damage to human flesh.
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Power tool manufacturers chose to place their desire for profits before consumer safety by failing to license this critical safety technology for their table saws.
SawStop lawsuits allege that this readily available technology could have allowed the tool to detect when the table saw is too close to human flesh and automatically shut down the blade. The sensor system is similar to what is used in many inexpensive touch lamps, detecting electrical conductivity of the human body, greatly reducing the severity of any injury from a table saw.
If you, a friend or a loved one suffered an amputation or serious injury from a table saw without SawStop technology, Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Table Saw Safety Technology
In November 2000, at a Power Tool Institute (PTI) meeting, SawStop was revealed. This new innovative safety feature was shown to stop fast-spinning saw blades the instant flesh has touched the blade, forcing the machine to come to an extremely sudden halt.
About 85% of the 500,000 table saws sold in the U.S. each year are manufactured by companies that belong to PTI, and many experts agree that by 2003 all table saws sold by every manufacturer could have contained SawStop.
In demonstration after demonstration, SawStop has been shown to prevent significant injury to fingers and other limbs or body parts, resulting in only a slight nick. The action is so sudden that the blade and some components of the saw are destroyed in the process, but injury to the consumer is prevented.
Although the technology was readily available and could have been licensed at a reasonable cost, power tool manufacturers have resisted SawStop and other flesh-sensing technology. As a result, they have continued to sell unreasonably dangerous and defective table saws, without adequately warning consumers about the lack of the safety feature.
In recent years, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has been increasingly pushing for the use of SawStop and other safety features that are missing from many table saws. However, high-paid lobbying groups for the industry have thus far kept such regulations at bay.
In 2011, the CPSC conducted a survey of table saw injuries and released an analysis of that survey in June 2014. According to the findings, there were 76,100 table saw-related injuries reported in 2007 and 2008. The CPSC voted in 2011 that new table saw safety standards were needed, perhaps requiring flesh-sensing technology, but those standards have yet to materialize.
Table Saw Injury Lawsuits
The attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, are reviewing possible table saw class action lawsuits and individual personal injury lawsuits nationwide. Table saw manufacturers have known for years that many permanent and disabling injuries could be prevented by existing and established safety technology, but decided to place their profits above consumer safety.
To review a potential table saw injury lawsuit for yourself, a friend or family member who has experienced a finger amputation or other injury, request a free consultation and claim evaluation. All cases are pursued under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket costs to hire an attorney and we receive no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.