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I am a machine operator at a factory and was removing a jammed carton in the machine when my finger tip was amputated by the moving part. Do I have any legal rights other than filing for worker's compensation?

 

A:

It is very likely that you do.  If there is a design defect in the machine that caused your injury, then you could have a case against the manufacturer of the machine.  Further, it sounds like your finger was in a dangerous area like a pinch point that needed to have a guard to protect the operator.  If a guard did not exist, you could have a case against the machine manufacturer.  If a guard did exist, but was designed improperly, then you could also have a case against the manufacturer.  However, an inspection of the machine is necessary in order to properly evaluate whether you have a case or not.  Therefore, it is important that you talk to an industrial machinery accident lawyer in Pennsylvania to discuss your case and set up an inspection.

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Published: 8-5-12


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