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Defective Equipment & Machinery Lawyer in Houston, TX

Workers in the agricultural, construction, oil and gas, maritime or related industries regularly operate a wide range of potentially dangerous equipment and machinery. Using heavy industrial equipment requires a high level of skill given the sheer size and complexity of the machinery. When industrial equipment or machinery is defective, it can result in severe, if not fatal, injuries to workers through no fault of their own.

Our experienced Houston product injury lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. know how devastating an injury caused by defective equipment and machinery can be. We can help you navigate the legal system to obtain compensation to cover your losses. Call us today at 281-283-8500 .

Defective Equipment and Machinery Accidents

Defects in large-scale equipment and machinery can turn a normal workday into a deadly situation for operators and nearby workers. Sadly, accidents involving defective equipment and machinery often have catastrophic consequences.

Defective equipment and machinery can cause the following types of accidents:

  • Workers being struck by/caught-in-between parts or equipment
  • Falls to a lower level
  • Electrocution
  • Fires/explosions
  • Toxic chemical exposure

What is Considered Heavy Industrial Equipment and Machinery?

Heavy industrial equipment and machinery refers to the components, parts, machines, tools, and other products used to complete tasks in the mining, forestry, fishing, drilling/extraction, agriculture, construction, and manufacturing sectors.

Some common examples of industrial machinery and equipment include:

  • Bulldozers
  • Cranes
  • Back hoes
  • Forklifts
  • Circular saws
  • Wheel loaders
  • Graders
  • Trawl winches
  • Excavators
  • Die-casting machines

Injuries Caused by Defective Equipment and Machinery

Common injuries experienced by people working with equipment and machinery include:

  • Burns, electrocutions, and smoke inhalation
  • Moderate or Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Amputations
  • Broken bones
  • Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries including paralysis
  • Torn ligaments
  • Vision or hearing loss
  • Disfiguring lacerations

Common Types of Defects

Defects can occur in the design of the equipment and machinery, during the manufacturing process, or in the marketing stage, meaning that it lacks appropriate warnings or instructions regarding how to use the product safely. Sometimes, equipment or machinery may contain a combination of defects, including:

  • Machines/equipment lack adequate safety devices (e.g. guarding, automatic shut-off switch)
  • Machinery/equipment is placed in an improper location, which puts workers at risk of injury from nearby equipment
  • Mistakes in machine assembly or installation
  • Use of low quality or incorrect materials in manufacturing process
  • Machine/equipment is prone to overheating
  • Faulty wiring
  • Lacks proper safety warnings or instructions

Liability for Defective Equipment and Machinery Accidents

Companies that design, manufacture, distribute, or sell defective industrial equipment and machinery may be held liable for resulting injuries in a product liability lawsuit. Regardless of whether the theory of liability is a breach of warranty, negligence, or strict liability, a plaintiff must be able to establish the way in which a product is defective and that the defect caused their injury.

Establishing liability in product liability cases involving industrial machinery can be complicated due to the unique nature of such equipment and the number of parties that may be responsible. If you have been injured by defective industrial machinery or equipment, it is important that you protect your rights by speaking with an experienced product liability lawyer.

Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, you may be able to receive past and future compensation for:

  • Medical costs
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical limitations

Experienced Representation for Your Houston Defective Product Claim

At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our team of Houston product liability attorneys has been helping individuals injured by defective products for nearly 50 years. We provide highly-skilled personal injury representation and have obtained some of the largest recoveries in Texas on behalf of our clients.

If you decide to work with us, we will perform a thorough investigation of your accident and work tirelessly to build a case that is designed to secure the maximum compensation possible for your injuries and other losses. With more than four decades of experience handling a broad range of product liability claims, we understand how companies attempt to avoid responsibility and are prepared to litigate your case to the fullest extent.

Contact us today at 281-283-8500 or online to find out how our skilled Houston product liability lawyers can help. We provide a free initial consultation and you do not owe any fees unless we obtain compensation for your case.