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Los Angeles Defective Machines and Machinery Attorneys

Aggressive representation for clients injured in machinery accidents throughout California

We use machines every day of our lives to make life more efficient. From hair dryers to lawn mowers to industrial tools, we depend on machines at home, at work and everything in between. However, when a machine (or parts of a machine) is improperly designed or manufactured, the resulting defects can have serious or tragic consequences.

Under product liability law, you have the right to expect the machines you use are safe and free of defects. When companies and manufacturers fail in their duty and you suffer harm, you also have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. The Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP have decades of experience obtaining justice and securing compensation for people injured by defective machinery and products.

Common types of machinery defects

Machines of any type have the potential to be hazardous, but some tend to be more dangerous than others. Common machines that pose a risk include:

  • Construction equipment
  • Conveyor belts
  • Farm machinery and equipment
  • Fitness center and gym equipment
  • Forklifts and warehouse machinery
  • Home appliances (washing machines, blenders, etc.)
  • Landscaping tools and equipment
  • Power tools
  • Press machines
  • Production line equipment
  • Snowblowers

Machine defects can happen at any time during the product cycle – design, manufacture, distribution or marketing. In some cases, defects can occur during one or more cycles and contain more than one defect. Common machine defects related to product liability claims include:

  • Faulty wiring
  • Lack of or improper safety warnings or instructions
  • Machine or equipment overheating even with proper use
  • Machines or equipment with inadequate safety devices, like guards or automatic shutoff switches
  • Mistakes or negligence in machine assembly or professional installation
  • Use of low-quality, improper or incorrect materials in manufacturing

Injuries from defective and dangerous machines can be life altering and disabling. Our knowledgeable legal team understands the complexities of these types of injuries and works hard to get you the compensation you deserve.

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Class action settlement on behalf of consumers against Epson America, Inc. for installation of a “smart chip” in its printers that shut down when there was still a substantial amount of ink left on the cartridge.


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Common defective machine injuries in Los Angeles

Anything that has moving or electrical parts has the potential to cause an injury. And, if it has a defect, it can almost certainly cause an injury, from minor cuts and scrapes to wrongful death. Injuries from defective and dangerous machines can include:

Product liability and machinery defects

If a machine caused you or a loved one injury, it doesn’t necessarily mean the machine was defective. In some circumstances, a product could cause injury because it was used improperly. Additionally, there are other machines and products that are simply inherently hazardous to operate, and should always have clearly stated warnings and safeguards.

Product liability law generally looks at three ways a product can be considered defective and dangerous:


In this first stage, the actual design of the product itself is flawed, making the product inherently defective. This means that every product coming off the manufacturing line will be defective. To prove defective design, our product liability attorneys work to show:

  • The product was defective due to its design
  • That defect caused the product to malfunction
  • That malfunction resulted in your injuries


When the defect occurs in this stage, it means that the defect happened due to faulty manufacturing. The defect may only show up in certain lots or runs of the product, depending on the manufacturing circumstances. Our lawyers work to prove that the defect caused a malfunction that resulted in your injuries.

Improper or inadequate warnings

Even if the machine or tool is designed and manufactured correctly, it can still be considered dangerous and defective if it’s lacking the appropriate instructions or safety warnings. Our job is to show why improper warnings may have resulted in your injury.

Liability for defective machines in California

Manufacturers of any machine – consumer or industrial – need to ensure that their users and the people around them are safe from danger and injury. When they fail in this duty due to negligence or carelessness and someone is injured or even killed, they may be violating product liability laws.

Our defective machine lawyers work to help you prove a defect existed and seek full compensation for your losses.

Compensation for machinery injuries

If you’ve suffered an injury or loss in an accident due to a machine defect, the product liability attorneys at McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP can help. Machinery injuries can lead to long-term disability and chronic pain, and it’s crucial you receive full financial compensation. We hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence, seeking compensation for your losses, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Wage losses
  • Disability
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Other losses

Our experienced Los Angeles defective machinery injury lawyers are ready to talk

If you or a loved one suffered serious injury or harm because of an accident involving a defective machine, the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP can help you seek compensation and justice. Please call 310.474.1582 or complete our contact form today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options.