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Manufacturers


“Within a few thousandths of a second, the blade slammed to a stop.”


This is an evaluative claim, as it judges the characteristics of the sawblade and makes a judgement on how fast it can stop. A numerical claim is also made when the specific time of a few thousandths of a second was included. The manufacturers evaluate the effectiveness of the item and if it serves the purpose of the sawblade stopping in time to prevent injury.

Customers

“That’s amazing, I mean it’s like nothing even happened.”

This is an evaluative claim, as it judges the characteristics of the sawblade and providing a judgment on the effectiveness of the sawblade. This can also be a causal claim as the customer is claiming that nothing happened due to the effectiveness of the sawblade. This claim helps the customers by using an evaluative description of the product to advocate for their point.

Industry Spokespeople

“Table saws cause more injuries than any other woodworking tool.”

This phrase is a causal claim, since it is showing the effect that table saws cause the most injuries. This can also be an evaluative numerical claim, as it is indicating that there are more injuries with Table saws than other tools. The comparison between table saws and other tools can indicate a comparative claim as well. This information shows the dangers of using table saws and persuades people to use Saw stop.

Consumer Safety Advocates

“Roughly 10 people lose their finger per day due to table saws. 3000 a year.”

This is a numerical and factual claim, as the safety advocates have given a statistic on the number of people who lose their fingers per day and per year. A causal claim is made when it is said that table saws are the cause of people losing their fingers every day and every year. This claim helps the consumer safety advocates by using information to support their point.

Injured Plaintiffs

“If your device prevents even one person from going through what I have gone through it is a world class accomplishment.”

This is a causal claim stating that the Sawstop device can help prevent other people from any injuries that may have happened to the injured plaintiff. This is also an evaluative claim, as it judges the characteristics of the sawblade and provides a judgment on the effectiveness of the sawblade, deeming it a world class accomplishment. This claim helps the injured plaintiffs by using evaluative claims about the product and their experiences to advocate for their point.

Personal Injury Lawyers

“Every year, there are over 40,000 table saw injuries, resulting in more than 4,000 amputations.”

This is a causal claim, as it was described that due to the saws that do not have the safety precautions, there are over 40,000 injuries each year from them. These injuries then cause over 4000 amputations. This is also a numerical and factual claim, which is shown through the statistic provided about the number of people injured by table saws. This claim helps the personal injury lawyers by using information to advocate for their point.

Government Officials

“The injuries resulting from the use of table saws are, in many cases, particularly gruesome.”

This is a causal claim stating that the use of table saws cause injuries that are gruesome. This is also an evaluative claim, as it judges the characteristics of the injuries sustained by the table saws and provides a judgment on the extent of the injuries. The phrase “in many cases” indicates that there is also a numerical claim. This claim helps the government officials by using evaluative claims to advocate for their point.

News Reporters

“Sure enough, the blade came to a dead stop in about three one-thousandths of a second, leaving the dog with only a minor nick.”

This is an evaluative claim, as it judges the characteristics of the sawblade and makes a judgement on how fast it can stop. It also judges the extent to which the hot dog was affected by the table saw. A numerical claim is also made when the specific time of three one-thousandths of a second was included. The news reporters evaluate the effectiveness of the item and if it serves the purpose of the sawblade stopping in time to prevent injury.

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1 Response to Safer Saws-zzbrd2822

  1. davidbdale says:

    You’ve done a good job of identifying “blended” claims in small snippets of language, ZZBird, ably demonstrating that claims are never simply “factual.”

    I’m mystified by your final observations, in almost every example, that the claims, “helps the [category members] to advocate for their point.”

    Maybe it’s justified in some cases, but, for example, it’s hard to see how the claim that “If your device prevents even one person from going through what I have gone through it is a world class accomplishment” could be said to HELP Injured Plaintiffs advocate for their point. Their point appears to be: thank you for this saw.

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