Nail guns have been common in the construction industry for some time and have been increasing in popularity among the home “do it yourself” market in recent years as well. Due in large part to their increased popularity among non-professionals, nail gun accidents more than tripled between 1991 and 2005.
While some of the increase in nail gun injuries is no doubt a result of user negligence, manufacturers and construction companies often bear responsibility depending on the circumstances of the accident.
Nail guns can be safe and effective tools for both construction professionals and home users when they are manufactured with safety in mind. Unfortunately, many manufacturers choose to forgo simple safety measures that could protect users. For example, nail guns can be manufactured to use a two-step firing procedure, which can greatly reduce the number of accidental firings. This process requires the user to pull the trigger and make contact with the surface before a nail is fired, thus significantly reducing accidental firings and subsequent injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective nail gun, the attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive compensation for your damages in a defective product lawsuit. Our lawyers will provide highly personalized representation through every step of the process to make sure your rights are protected.