According to a statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), automatic nailers or nail guns are responsible for nearly 40,000 ER visits every year. But the risk is not limited to construction workers. The CDC found that almost a third (32%) of annual nail gun injuries are sustained by consumers.

Nail guns are generally one of two types: contact nail guns or sequential nail guns. With a contact nail gun, there’s a spring loaded safety mechanism at the tip of the “barrel.” You can hold down the trigger and the gun will automatically fire when you make contact with something, as it will disengage the safety mechanism. With a sequential gun, you must first depress the safety mechanism and then pull the trigger. If you have already pulled the trigger and try to depress the safety mechanism, it won’t work. Not surprisingly, the CDC found twice as many injuries involving contact guns.

The Principal Causes of Nail Gun Injuries

Researchers found a number of causes of nail gun injuries:

  • Unfortunately, in many instances, people are hurt because they have bypassed or permanently disengaged the safety mechanisms
  • It’s not uncommon for a gun to double fire, with the second nail coming out after the gun has been pulled away from the board
  • A nail can ricochet off a metal surface or even a knot in a board
  • A framing nail can easily penetrate a stud, causing injury if a worker’s hand is on the back side of the board
  • A worker may accidentally push the gun against a leg, hand or other body part
  • A worker may miss the board, even though the safety mechanism has been depressed

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Recovering Compensation for Dental Malpractice

When you seek treatment from a dentist, regardless of the nature of your condition, you expect that the dentist and the dentist’s office will provide a certain minimum level of care. Unfortunately, in far too many situations, that does not happen. Some studies show that 15% of medical malpractice claims include some level of dental malpractice. If you have been negligently cared for by a dental technician, a dentist or any employee at a dental office or dental care facility, you have a right to seek damages for all your losses.

What Does Dental Malpractice Look Like?

Many of the components of dental malpractice are similar to other types of medical malpractice. Dental malpractice can include:

  • Performing the wrong type of procedure, or working on the wrong tooth
  • Negligence in providing anesthesia
  • Failure to properly diagnose a condition, or misdiagnosis of a condition
  • Failure to use minimally accepted standards of care during a dental procedure

In a study conducted by the insurance company CNA, claims paid for dental malpractice between 2005 and 2008 were pretty equally divided. Cases involving crowns included 14.2% of all claims paid, while surgical extractions (13.7%), root canal therapy (13.6%) and simple extractions (12.1%) accounted for similar percentages of claims.

Common examples of dental malpractice injuries include:

  • Temporary or permanent loss of sensation in your tongue, jaw, chin or lips, including loss of sense of taste
  • Temporary or permanent structural injuries to chin, lips, tongue or jaw caused by negligence in surgical or other procedures
  • TMJ (temporo mandibular joint) problems caused by dental work
  • Failure to treat or diagnose oral cancer
  • Hypoxia or wrongful death due to negligent administration of anesthesia
  • Loss of teeth due to failure to diagnose or treat periodontal disease
  • Infection or injury resulting from misuse of dental tools, including drills, picks, lasers and implants

If, as a result of dental malpractice, you have been unable to work, have incurred significant medical expense, or have experienced substantial pain and suffering, you can seek damages for those losses.

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