Defective Products in the Workplace: Product Liability and Workers’ Compensation

On-the-job injuries are sometimes caused by issues with the work equipment. An employee mishandling tools, or a lack of proper training are two examples of issues that could contribute to a work accident. However, some incidents in which equipment is the main cause of a work injury are not the fault of anyone at the company. Manufacturers and retailers may be found liable for producing and distributing defective equipment to a business and contributing to employee injuries.

Work accidents involving defective equipment fall into a gray area between product liability law and workers’ compensation claims. Traditionally, producers and distributors are expected to craft and sell safe items, so when a defective item is released, they are legally responsible. If defective equipment causes an injury in a workplace, the employer could be found responsible as well. Employers are generally liable for injuries that occur in their place of business, and they could be found at-fault for installing defective equipment at their company and endangering their workers.

What to Do if You Are Injured by Defective Workplace Equipment

Following an on-the-job injury, you can begin the procedure of filing a workers’ compensation claim. Seek medical attention and report your injuries to your employer as soon as possible.

Our attorneys can help you through the workers’ comp claim process. If your injury was caused by an equipment issue, you may be entitled to additional compensation from the product manufacturer or distributor. Contact us to learn your rights!

Schedule a free consultation with McHargue & Jones, LLC if you were harmed at your place of work, or if you were injured in an accident caused by a defective product. Our lawyers are experienced in workers’ compensation claims and product liability cases.

Call (312) 739-0000 or contact us online to schedule a free initial case evaluation.