Confidential Settlement – Man Amputates Multiple Fingers While at Work When Safety Guard Was Improperly Removed from SawWorkplace Injuries
In August 2021, our client was in the panel shop of the materials building store he worked at using the table saw when he sustained serious injuries. Our client had placed a piece of lumber onto the table saw and in attempt to avoid injury, he used a push stick to push the lumber into and past the saw blade. Unfortunately, this precautionary measure taken by our client was not enough to keep him safe as the blade guard had been deliberately removed from the table saw. Therefore, when our client went to remove the cutoff piece, his left hand came into contact with the unguarded blade, causing his ring and middle fingers to be amputated and severe damage to his index finger. Our client was transported to a nearby hospital where he was required to undergo surgery to partially amputate one of his fingers and to repair the extensive damage to his other fingers and tendons. Following his release from the hospital, our client required extensive rehabilitation and occupational therapy. Not only did our client sustain serious physical injuries, but the accident also took a significant mental toll on him as well as prior to the accident he was an active man with younger children and following the accident he struggled to be able to do his basic everyday tasks. When we were unable to reach a settlement agreement with defendant’s, our firm filed a lawsuit on our client’s behalf and began litigating the matter. After conducting discovery, depositions, and mediation, we were able to reach a settlement amount that we believed fairly compensated our client for all the pain, suffering, and loss that our client has endured.