Nail guns are powerful tools used in residential and commercial construction. These tools dramatically increase the ease and speed with which a worker can insert a nail into a target, but they also may be dangerous if they are defective or improperly used.
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What’s the problem?
Nail guns have nearly replaced hammers as the tool of choice at construction sites, because they can drive nails deeply into wood, stone or steel with a fraction of the time and effort expended with a traditional hammer. A high-velocity nail gun can drive a nail four inches into concrete, at a velocity of more than 1,000 feet per second. But these same qualities make nail guns extremely dangerous when they misfire into the human body.
As nail guns become more popular, injuries are on the rise – nail gun injuries tripled between 1991 and 2005, and another study showed that 97% of all puncture wounds at residential job sites were nail gun wounds. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nail gun injuries send 37,000 Americans to emergency rooms each year – only 60% of these are professional construction workers.
Hitachi Coil Nailers Recalled Over Serious Injury Risk
On March 11, 2010, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall for about 50,000 coil nailers made by Hitachi Koki U.S.A., after it was found that the devices may have a faulty feeder that can allow nails to be ejected sideways, which poses a serious injury risk to the user or bystanders. CPSC has received at least 37 reports of nails being ejected sideways, including 15 reports of injuries. The injuries were primarily located in the eye region, with 5 cases of partial blindness.
Affected model number is NV83A2, which can be found on the body of the coil nailer. Only units manufactured between Oct. 2002 and Sept. 2005 are included in the recall.
Types of Nail Gun Injuries
Nail gun accidents often involve serious injuries and exact a life long toll on the injured worker or bystander. Some of the more common injuries from nail gun accidents include:
- Puncture wounds – Nails account for more than 90% of puncture wounds cases. These injuries carry the risk of severe infection, depending on the depth of wound and cleanliness of the nail when it entered.
- Eye injuries – There are an estimated 1,000 eye injuries each day in U.S. workplaces. Many of these injuries are serious. According to OSHA, these injuries equal $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and workers compensation.
- Brain damage – Loose nails often strike the head or face resulting in brain damage. Workers who suffer these nail-related brain injuries may be confronted with confusing lifestyle changes. The physical damage may be small, but simple tasks can become difficult or even impossible. The person may experience memory loss and more serious deficits from which they may never recover.
Nail Gun Accident Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nail guns are a leading cause of injury among construction workers, and responsible for approximately 37,000 emergency room visits annually. Puncture wounds to the hands and fingers are most common, but more severe injuries and deaths have occurred in people who use and work around nail guns. Leading causes of injury include lack of training, working too fast and keeping the trigger squeezed when not nailing.
Can I Sue for a Nail Gun Injury?
Nail gun injury lawsuits typically fall into 1 of 2 categories: either you were shot by someone else, or a manufacturer’s defect caused you to be injured while using a nail gun. If you decide to file a personal injury complaint, your case will most likely be based on the concept of “negligence,” or the failure to do something with proper care.
Like any other professional, construction workers are held to a specific code of conduct. In exchange for pay, they’re expected to show up to the jobsite on time, perform quality work and use their tools safely. When they fail to do so, they can be held accountable. In short, if you believe another worker was using their nailer improperly and caused your injury in the process, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit.
If, on the other hand, you were injured while using a defective nail gun, you may be able to hold the manufacturer accountable. In recent years, multiple companies have recalled tens of thousands of faulty nail guns after the devices jammed, double-fired or overrode their own safety mechanisms. If you believe that your injury was caused by a defective nail gun, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries.
Do I have a Nail Gun Accident Lawsuit?
The Personal Injury & Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in nail gun injury accident lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured in a nail gun accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.