A ceiling fan may leave you with serious injuries

A ceiling fan may leave you with serious injuries

| Jan 5, 2021 | Personal Injury |

Because of the region’s notoriously high temperatures, ceiling fans are a must-have item in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. Depending on the speed setting, these fans may turn rapidly enough to circulate between 200 and 700 feet of air per minute. If you touch a spinning fan, you may suffer a variety of serious injuries. 

Do you know Nevada has a two-year statute of limitations on many personal injury matters? Consequently, if you have suffered an injury in the past couple years, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages. 

Amputation risk

You must exercise care every time you are near a moving ceiling fan. Even at slow speeds, fans pose an amputation risk. That is, if your finger touches a spinning fan blade, the blade may have sufficient force to sever your finger. 

While a fan blade is not likely to cut off your arm, its momentum is sufficient to cause extensive tissue and nerve damage. Likewise, if a spinning fan blade collides with your head, you may suffer a concussion or another type of traumatic brain injury. 

An electrocution hazard

Like anything that uses electricity, ceiling fans are also an electrocution risk. If the fan has a short or another electrical issue, you may suffer a life-threatening electrical shock when trying to turn it on or adjust its speed. 

Defective products

Ceiling fans are sometimes defective. For example, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced a safety recall of some Hampton Bay fans from Home Depot. The defective design of these fans may allow blades to detach when spinning, potentially causing extensive injuries and considerable property damage.