The features that give nail guns their productivity-boosting powers are also what make them extremely dangerous. With their ability to shoot a nail 1,000 feet per second and drive it into a hard surface—even concrete—these time-saving devices can deliver injuries as deadly as those wielded by a firing arm.
Nail guns are the tool of choice for any individual—from a handyman working on his own home to a construction worker building on a worksite. If you were injured in a nail gun accident at work or home, you might think your carelessness caused the mishap, but chances are, you can receive compensation for your injuries.
A Zanes Law nail gun accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ will investigate your case, determine who’s liable, and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation: (866)-499-8989.
How Nail Gun Accidents Happen
Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) developed a list of the most common causes of nail gun injuries, further detailing the types of nail gun triggers involved in the accident, if relevant.
The following seven causes appear on the list:
- You unintentionally discharge from double-fire (contact triggers).
- The nail is inadvertently discharged when the trigger squeeze knocks the safety contact (single actuation and contact triggers).
- The nail penetrates through a wood workpiece (all types of triggers).
- A nail ricochets off a piece of metal or another hard surface (all kinds of triggers).
- The nail gun misses the workpiece. (all types of triggers).
- The nail is positioned awkwardly (more common in single actuation and contact triggers).
- Not using the proper safety mechanisms. All trigger types.
OSHA’s research further suggests that your risk of experiencing a nail gun injury doubles when you use a multi-shot contact trigger vs. a single-shot sequential trigger nail gun.
When Defective Nailer Causes a Nail Gun Accident
The causes that OSHA lists address many contributing factors, many initiated by mistakes made by the nail-gun user. But what about when a defective or faulty nailer causes the accident?
In these cases, you can and should hold the nail gun manufacturer liable. When the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) discovered that a coil nailer’s faulty feeder enabled a sideways ejection of nails, resulting in accidents in injuries, the organization issued a recall of the defective nailer (Hitachi Koki U.S.A. model number NV83A2).
The victims of these faulty nail gun accidents were eligible to pursue legal action against the manufacturer to be compensated for their damages, which included 15 reported injuries, including five cases of partial blindness.
Types of Nail Gun Injuries
When you consider that nail guns shoot at a speed of 100 miles per hour, it is easy to imagine how a close-range impact can serve up serious injuries. Some of these injuries resemble what you would see in a shotgun blast, according to medical professionals who have experience treating victims of such nail gun accidents.
Some common injuries caused by nail gun accidents reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) include the following:
- Brain damage
- Eye injuries, including blindness
- Puncture wounds
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Fractured bones
- Injuries to hands, fingers, and other upper extremities
- Injuries to lower extremities
- Dental injuries
- Electrical burns
- Noise-induced hearing difficulty
What To Do After Your Workplace Nail Accident
Four percent of all workers’ compensation claims relate to nail gun accidents, with 25 percent of these instances resulting in their victims’ losing work time.
If you experience a nail gun accident at work, keep the following in mind:
- Notify your employer or supervisor. The first thing to keep in mind is that you are entitled to seek compensation for this work injury. You absolutely must notify your supervisor of the accident if you are going to proceed with a workers’ compensation claim, and you have only 30 days to handle this notification.
- Resist talking about the accident with anyone, including your supervisor, until you have hired a lawyer.
- Seek out witnesses. Try to get the names and phone numbers of anyone who might have been working with you on the date of your accident and who might have observed it happening and/or the environment at the time.
- See a doctor. Be sure to seek medical treatment for your injuries, no matter how insignificant it may appear to be. You never know what lies beneath the surface of an injury. If things take a turn for the worse, you will want the medical documentation connecting the injury to the nail gun accident at work.
A Nail Gun Accident Lawyer in Phoenix Will Take This Case off Your Hands
A nail gun accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ from Zanes Law will do everything from A to Z to see that you are compensated for your nail gun accident injuries.
Here’s what you can expect from us:
- We will investigate your accident, gathering evidence (photos, surveillance videos, eyewitness accounts), as well as expert opinions to round out your claim of damages.
- We will determine who is at fault for your injuries and liable for your damages.
- We will calculate your damages and present them in a demand letter to the liability party’s insurer.
- We will negotiate for a fair settlement with the insurer and/or file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court where we will litigate your case. Every step of the way, we communicate with all parties involved in your case, relieving you of this burden.
Types of Recoverable Damages in a Nail Gun Accident Case
Zanes Law’s nail gun accident lawyers in Phoenix will fight for you to receive the maximum compensation possible for your nail gun injuries and damages.
Some of the damages we may seek include:
- Doctor and surgeon fees
- Emergency transportation
- Lost wages and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Prescription medicine, including pain management
- Replacement services
- Diminished future potential earnings
If you lost a loved one in a nail gun accident, you have the right to pursue wrongful death action. The Zanes Law team will represent you in this effort with conviction and compassion.
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You can rest assured that a nail gun accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ will do everything from A to Z to see that you recover the damages you deserve. Call our law firm now at (866)-499-8989.