- Asbestos – this product was commonly used in many industries and products because of its heat resistant properties. Unfortunately when inhaled, it caused a serious illness known as mesothelioma, as well as lung and stomach cancers.Punch presses – unguarded pinch points and defects in the activation system for the ram have been the cause of many Illinois workers losing fingers, hands, and arms in these powerful machines.Nail guns – these devices propel nails at speeds as high as 1,400 feet per second. They are subject to accident discharges, with the speeding nail causing serious injuries once it reaches a person.
Every day, thousands of Illinois workers go to a job that requires them to use equipment which has the potential to cause serious injury or death. Without that equipment, much of industry would ground to a halt or be far less productive. When workers are injured on the job, they look first to receive worker’s compensation benefits to address the immediate need to support their family and pay their medical expenses. However, when the true cause of their injury was a dangerous or defective piece of machinery or industrial equipment, the injured worker can look to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the equipment for damages for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and disability. Some products which have been involved in work-related accidents include: