Every month, a reader asks one of our sponsor legal experts about a work-related issue. These building trades law professionals respond in an Organized Labor exclusive. This month’s expert is Jonathan Davis of the Arns Law Firm.
I was injured using equipment that malfunctioned. We followed the instructions and operated the equipment as directed. There were no warnings that we could be injured operating the equipment and the user manual did not have instructions or warnings either. I have a workers’ compensation claim, is there anything else I can do?
You may have a product’s liability claim against the designer, manufacturer or whoever sold the equipment. Equipment must operate safely and have adequate warnings, instructions, and safeguards. If the equipment malfunctioned, the instructions were incomplete, or the manufacturer failed to properly warn of potential dangers, you may have a right to a third party lawsuit. Contact a lawyer and make sure the equipment is preserved as evidence immediately.
-Jonathan Davis, Founder of The Arns Law Firm, San Francisco, CA
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This Month's Expert; Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis is a Partner of the Arns Law Firm with a stellar trial record and day to day responsibility for case management, strategic vision and tactical implementation. He is always available work with clients on the small details in their cases and has also argued before the Supreme Court of California. Jonathan is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible for both legal and ethical standards, is a Northern California Super Lawyer and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America. Jonathan has dedicated his working life to representing working people. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was an International Representative and National Field Director for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union. After representing workers in arbitrations throughout the West, Jonathan joined The Arns Law Firm and dedicates himself to representing injured workers and their families devastated by catastrophic injuries as well wage and hour and consumer class actions. Jonathan is bilingual in Spanish and is past Chairman of the non-profit affordable housing organization the African American Construction Workers Association (AACWA). Jonathan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Local 261 Community Service and Training Foundation and is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California.