Philadelphia and the surrounding areas have been experiencing multiple large snow falls over the past few years. The percentage of people using snow blowers or snow throwers to remove the snow is on the rise. Obviously, snow blowers can make snow removal quicker and easier, but they can also cause catastrophic injury and even death.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), estimates that each year more than 5,700 patients are evaluated in emergency rooms for snow blower related accidents or injuries. Approximately 600 patients per year are seen for finger amputations and since 1992, there has been 19 deaths related to snow blower accidents. Snow blowers are the fourth leading cause of finger amputations.
Injuries from snow blowers can be caused by defects in the plastic rims of the tire, carburetor leaks, fuel tank joint and O-ring leaks, auger and discharge chute defects, clutch malfunctions and carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition, when a snow blower is turned off, there still may be enough torque built up to cause a devastating or deadly injury.
The Reiff & Bily law firm has now joined forces with the legendary Beasley product liability and design defect law firm and have successfully evaluated cases for clients who have suffered amputations, burns, lacerations, carbon monoxide poisoning, wrongful death, and other unfortunate incidents as a result of faulty or unsafe snow blowers. We believe that the manufacturers of the snow blowers should be held accountable for their mistakes. All of our product liability and design defect lawyers have been deemed as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and have received the highest ratings by Martindale Hubbell. For a free, no obligation consultation, contact us online at www.reiffandbily.com or toll free at 1-800-421-9595. Always remember our no recovery, zero fee guarantee.