Pittsburgh Defective Heavy Machinery Attorney
Equipment rental centers will rent heavy landscaping machinery like Bobcats and backhoes to anyone who meets their age requirements. Unfortunately, driver is often inexperienced or the equipment has not been maintained properly, leading to serious accidents. If you were injured while using a piece of heavy equipment in Pennsylvania or Ohio, it may have been caused by a defect in the product, or because the equipment was simply too dangerous for use without proper training.
Contact Dallas W. Hartman, P.C., with offices in New Castle, Hermitage, Butler and Erie, Pennsylvania, to arrange a free consultation to evaluate your case. Our firm offers more than 25 years of dedicated experience and knowledge of personal injury litigation involving product defects. Our comprehensive personal injury practice addresses the needs of injured individuals and their families who are facing the financial pressure of unpaid medical bills and lost earning capacity.
Actual Bobcat Injury Case
Our Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers represented a couple that successfully sued Clark Equipment Company and Leppo, Inc., owners of the Bobcat brand for nearly $3 million for injuries resulting from lack of standard safety features that should have been included on a Bobcat backhoe.
The injury victim was working on a job site when he sustained a severe closed-head injury while walking near a Bobcat backhoe/loader. The operator of the backhoe inadvertently pushed the hydraulic control, which automatically swung the backhoe boom, striking the victim in the head, resulting in permanent injuries. The court ruled that Bobcat had legal responsibility for designing standard safety features that would prevent operator errors of this kind. Other earth-mover manufacturers provide safeguards in the form of boxes or rails around the controls so they cannot be inadvertently hit by operators, Hartman said at the trial.
Contact A Pittsburgh Heavy Machinery Attorney For a Free Consultation
From our offices in New Castle, Hermitage, Butler and Erie, Pennsylvania, we represent clients in communities throughout the Greater Northern Pittsburgh metro region and throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. Call us toll-free at 1-800-777-4081 or contact us by e-mail to arrange a free consultation with an experienced Pittsburgh defective heavy machinery attorney today.