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Table Saw Litigation

New Orleans Table Saw Litigation Attorney

Representing Table Saw Accident Victims in New Orleans

Table saws are a woodworking tool that is used by hundreds of thousands if not millions of professional and private individuals throughout this Country. Unfortunately, table saws come with a significant level of inherent risk that is not appreciated by consumers. 

Table saws are responsible for serious, life-changing accidents. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission there are roughly 54,850 medically treated table saw accidents every year.  Table saws have been and are responsible for roughly four to five thousand amputation injuries every year.  Indeed, table saws have the dubious distinction of constituting the number one source of consumer product amputations, compromising almost 20 percent of all reported amputations. These injury statistics have remained constant for nearly every year, year after year since 2017. These statistics dictate that Table Saws are inordinately more dangerous than all other woodworking tools. Moreover, the costs associated with table saw injuries are breathtaking. Each year, the public incurs roughly $4.06 billion in costs from medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. 


Pictured above is a saw blade with the saw stop brake still attached. This individual was about to make a cut but was bumped in the back and fell onto the table saw with a spinning blade. When he touched the blade the saw stop engaged and stopped the blade instantly. If he were using any other table saw it would have cut is hand off. 


Anyone looking at these statistics should be stunned to learn that the table saw manufacturers have had the available technology to all but eliminate the four to five thousand fingers, hand and/or arm amputations that have occurred every year since at least 2017. THEY CHOSE NOT TO ADD THIS SAFETY FEATURE BECAUSE IT WOULD STOP THEM FROM BEING ABLE TO SELL CHEAP SAWS. Indeed, an internal memorandum by Bosch, one of the table saw manufacturers:


“The benefit to the consumer will be a significant reduction in injury severity due to blade contact. The expectation will be that the most severe injuries will be mild to moderate lacerations and that amputations will be a thing of the past.” 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission staff estimates that this technology can mitigate or eliminate 70%-90% of blade contact injuries, which is probably a conservative estimate. 

A table saw is subject to product liability law, which dictates that a manufacturer has an obligation to design its product to be as safe as possible when the product is used as directed. A product is “defective in design”, if it is more dangerous than the ordinary customer would expect. 

A great example of a defectively designed product is the Pinto, which was made by Ford in the 1970’s to compete with the Toyota Corolla.  Ford’s design of the Pinto placed the gas tank under the trunk close to rear of the car, which made the Pinto’s extremely prone to explosion and fire in a rear impact collisions. As designed the Pinto was clearly more dangerous than the average customer expected. Ford knew that it could eliminate the explosions and fires if it changed the design by moving the gas tank forward so that it was over the rear axle. Ford’s engineers calculated that it was cheaper for them to pay the victim’s families than it was to retrofit and/or redesign the Pinto. Ford produced and sold tens of thousands of Pintos to unsuspecting customers who did not know and/or appreciate the unreasonably dangerous condition of the vehicle. 

Similarly, the table saw manufacturers are fully aware of the fact that they could have and should have designed their saws with flesh sensing technology, but they have determined that it is not cost effective for them to redesign their saws to incorporate “flesh-sensing technology”. 

Types of Table Saw Safety Devices

Over the last several decades, several safety devices have been created and are now used across numerous brands of table saws. Some of these devices have faced baffling resistance from the table saws’ manufacturers, many of whom claim to be working on proprietary, brand-specific safety tools.

Some of the most common and useful table saw safety devices include:

  • Magnetic Switches. These devices automatically turn off the saw when there is any sort of power interruption. This prevents the saw from turning back on unexpectedly.
  • Active Injury Mitigation (AIM) Systems. This powerful failsafe is also sometimes called a “flesh sensor.”  At the most basic level, the blade carries a small electric signal. When skin contact the blade, the signal changes because the human body is conductive. The change in signal activates the safety system, which fires a spring loaded aluminum brake into the path of the blade. The blade comes to a complete stop and power to the motor is shut off.  After the blade comes to a stop, the blade’s angular momentum drives it beneath the table, removing the risk of subsequent contact. All of this happens in less than 5 milliseconds. The result is the operator only generally sustains a shallow cut instead of an amputated finger, hand or part of an arm. 
  • Blade Guards. These tools do what their name describes: They protect fingers from the blade. Many operators dislike blade guards, as they can make it tougher to accurately use the device. However, newer blade guards are transparent and more flexible, facilitating the safety benefits without sacrificing precision.
  • Splitters and Anti-Kickback Pawls. Both of these tools work to reduce the likelihood and severity of kickback. The splitter is a small blade that sits behind the main blade, while the anti-kickback pawls are affixed to the splitter and sit on each side of the wood.
  • Riving Knives. Riving knives also work to prevent kickback and tend to be more flexible than splitters.

Table saws that lack a safety system pose a serious risk for injuries to its operators.

Table Saw Manufacturers

  •  Black and Decker
  • Bosch
  • Craftsman
  • Delta
  • DeWalt
  • Grizzly
  • Jet
  • Kwikset
  • Makita
  • Porter-Cable
  • Ridgid 
  • Ryobi 
  • Sears 
  • Skil
  • Steel City

You may have a strong case if you were using the table saw as directed and you sustained an amputation injury and/or a severe laceration.

You will need to act quickly if you are interested in filing a lawsuit. In Louisiana, you have one year from the date of the injury to file a table saw accident lawsuit. 

What Can I Recover from a Table Saw Accident Lawsuit?

In a table saw accident lawsuit, you are potentially able to recover economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include calculable losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and reductions in earning capacity. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.

If you were using the device as intended, followed all relevant safety instructions, but still got injured, you should discuss your case with our New Orleans table saw litigation attorney. Our New Orleans table saw litigation lawyer at Andry Law, LLC has over 30 years of legal experience and understands how to strategically approach these product liability cases. Maximizing your recovery is our top priority, and we will fight to obtain compensation for all pertinent losses. You will have direct access to our attorney every step of the way, and we will leverage the full extent of our firm’s resources to pursue the best possible outcome.

Do not wait to get legal advice if you were injured in a table saw accident. Contact us online or call (504) 384-8997 to discuss your legal options.

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