Chainsaws are power tools with many uses, such as felling trees, trimming branches, cutting wood, and similar tasks. Due to the dangerous nature of chainsaws, they can sometimes result in injuries. Chainsaw injuries can be severe and may result in severe lacerations or loss of body parts.

There are various types of chainsaws, including electric and gas powered, and can vary according to size, horsepower, chain length, and other factors. 

Who Can be Held Liable for a Chainsaw Injury?

Liability for chainsaw injuries may be attributed to different parties, depending on the nature of the injury. For instance, the operator of a chainsaw may be held liable for injuries to others if they operated the tool with negligence or in a reckless manner. This can happen in a work situation where the operator disregards safety rules and practices associated with their particular work industry.

In other cases, a supervisor or other similar person can sometimes be held liable for injuries to a worker or other team member. This can happen if they give wrong or erroneous instructions regarding operation of the tool, or if they are negligent in the upkeep and maintenance of the tool.

Lastly, many chainsaw injuries can result from a defective product issue. For instance, chainsaws can cause injury if there is a defect with parts such as the:

  • Chain and motor
  • Starting mechanism (especially for gas powered chainsaws)
  • Stopping/power shutoff mechanism

Some product defect issues can be traced to a warning label issue as well.

Are There Any Legal Remedies for a Chainsaw Injury?

Chainsaw injuries can lead to legal action and lawsuits. These can result in a monetary damages award to compensate for expenses and losses caused by the injury. These damages typically cover medical bills, medication costs, and other economic losses such as lost wages. In other instances, a product recall may be necessary if the chainsaw is defective.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Chainsaw Injury Lawsuit?

Chainsaw injuries can be very serious and in some cases may even be life-threatening. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you have any concerns or issues regarding a chainsaw injury. Your attorney can provide you with legal research and other services to assist you with your claim. If you need to attend a court meeting or hearing, your lawyer can also provide you with legal guidance and representation during those times as well.