Under Nevada law, if you’ve been injured at work, you should be able to file a worker’s compensation claim. This is a claim against your employer’s insurance that will compensate you for some of your lost wages and all reasonable and necessary medical treatment. However, under the workers’ compensation system, you typically cannot recover for noneconomic losses such as pain and suffering. You might be able to recover these damages, however, if your injury resulted from the actions of a third party that was not your employer.
Your injury may have been caused by a defective piece of equipment or other product that you use for your job. If that is the case, then you may have the right to file a claim against the manufacturer and/or distributor of the product. Defective or unsafe equipment in the workplace can cause serious injuries.
Product Liability Claims
There are three main categories of product liability claims that may arise in the context of work injuries. They include:
- Design Defect—if the product that injured you is defective because it was not safely designed, then you may have a design defect claim. When a product is defectively designed, it means that the problem with the product existed before it was even manufactured.
- Manufacturing Defect—workplace products that have a manufacturing defect are unsafe because of a problem that occurred during the manufacturing process. In a manufacturing defect case, it is an individual product that is defective and not the entire line of products.
- Inadequate Warnings—product manufacturers have a duty to warn consumers of any dangers associated with the use of their products. This duty includes providing adequate instructions on how to use the product.
Types of Defective Products in the Workplace
A workplace injury can result from a defect in virtually any product. Some common products that may be defective in the workplace include:
- Manufacturing equipment
- Safety equipment
- Protective clothing
- Construction materials and equipment
- Power tools
- Electronic equipment
- Office furniture
GGRM Can Help
If you’ve been injured at work, you should consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. At GGRM, we can help you with your workers’ compensation claim and identify any other claims that may be available to you, including product liability claims. We have over 50 years of experience helping injured workers. To set up your free consultation, contact us online or call us at 702-978-7641 today.