Q Who could be held responsible for a nail gun injury on a construction site?
While they are less likely to be fatal than many other construction injuries, nail gun accidents often require surgery and can result in serious infections and permanent joint damage. The majority of these accidents take place in young men, and are likely to involve the upper or lower limbs. Over 80 percent of nail gun injuries occur in the victim’s hands or fingers—and even with proper treatment, a puncture injury can permanently affect the worker’s ability to earn a living.
If you have been injured by a nail gun, the following people could be liable for your injury:
- Coworkers. Most puncture injuries occur during framing and sheathing, a point that requires the help of many workers simultaneously. If the worker next to you did not secure his nail gun, you may be able to hold him liable for your medical costs.
- Product manufacturer. The manufacturer of the gun may be liable for puncture injuries caused by accidental discharge or gun misfire if the gun is unusually likely to fire accidentally.
- Contractor. If you suffered an injury because a contractor ignored safety regulations in favor of speed, you may be able to hold him liable for your loss of income.
- Employers. Your employer may be liable for your injuries if you were never trained in how to use the nail gun or another apparatus used in conjunction with the gun.
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