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You have not provided a legal question. If you were injured at work, someone gave you the hammer, you recently purchased the hammer or the product itself failed you may be able to file a claim. Contact an attorney should you have further questions. Feel free to contact me if you need further assistance.
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I see your legal question as "Do I have the right to sue someone?" The answer is that you may have a claim under product liablity law. The most important thing is for you to preserve the hammer parts. An attorney that regularly practices this area of the law would most likely offer a free consult and representation on a contingency fee basis. An attorney will need to evaluate your case to see if your potential recovery will justify the potential cost of an expert review of the matter. I encourage you to check into this.
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If this happened at work or on the job then you would have a Workman's compensation claim. If it was your hammer and you were working on your own personal time then you may have a products liability claim. The intended use of a hammer is to strike objects. It ought not to shatter. Therefore, a good lawyer might argue that it was defective or under the UCC - not fit for a particular purpose. Keep the hammer parts, along with the receipt (as the store in which you purchased it from may be a defendant because of the stream of commerce). You should seek a qualified lawyer who handles product liability claims. He or she will most likely have to hire an expert to examine the hammer. Good luck.
Save the hammer. If it was cast improperly you could have a claim against the manufacturer and seller. Save all medical records. Hire an attorney immediately to pit all interested parties on notice and explorevthe workers compensation angle. Feel free to call with any questions 610-996-2511
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Your possible claims are based in workers comp (if at work), product liability (possibly in addition to workers comp and/or as a stand-alone claim if the incident did not happen at work) and possibly some other negligence claim if the incident was not at work. All these claims would have to be evaluated by an attorney with familiarity with these types of claims. Speak to an attorney as soon as possible and save any evidence you have of the incident and of the hammer itself.
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You may have a product liability claim if the hammer was defectively designed or defectively manufactured. These are very expensive cases to pursue and you may have difficulty finding a product liability attorney to take you case if they don't believe you injuries are sever enough to warrant the expense. If this happended at work you need to complete a report of injury with you supervisor and possibly speak with a work comp attorney in you area.
If you were on the job when it happened, you have a Worker Comp claim,
If the hammer shattered due to a defect you have a products liability claim.
You may have both a Workers Comp claim and a Products Liability claim.
Contact one of the PA personal injury/comp attorneys that have commented above and provide more details.
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