Defective Appliances Cause Damages and Injuries

Defective appliances can cause severe injuries.  Damages and injuries may be the result of defects in workmanship, design flaws, improper use, and failure to follow directions, among other things. When defective appliances cause damages and injuries, the victim may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party.

Common Appliances and Their Dangers

Major home appliances are sometimes hazardous to consumers. Washers and dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, air conditioners, garbage disposals, blenders, and food processors are all among the common products that could become dangerous. Defects in workmanship may cause parts to come loose and cause harm to consumers.

Types of Hazards That May Be Present

Many types of hazards may be present in the appliances that are in our homes. Sometimes the product becomes dangerous only after it has been in use for some time. For example, a recent recall of washing machines was done after the door exploded off several of them while in use. Blades may break or chip off on blenders and food processors. Appliances could cause electrical fires. Always inspect a product before you use it, and check it from time to time thereafter.

Understanding Manufacturer’s Duty of Care

The manufacturer has a responsibility called duty of care. This means that they are responsible for making sure that their products are safe for use by consumers. They must consistently ensure that care is taken to make products that are free from dangers. If they find out that a product is unsafe they must take action to remove the product from store shelves until they can make the necessary changes to make it safe. Further, they are required to inform the public.

Recall Notices Require You to Take Action

If an appliance manufacturer determines that a dangerous condition exists, they must recall the product. A recall notice is sent to the owner by the manufacturer or retailer. The notice provides the consumer with a warning about the problem and possibility of injuries. The consumer must follow the steps on the notice. In some cases, the manufacturer provides a resolution by offering the consumer a replacement part or repair. Other times, the consumer is instructed to return the item for a refund.

What to Do If You Were Hurt By a Product

Many products break due to manufacturer defects, but they do not always cause serious injuries. When a consumer is seriously hurt because of a defective appliance, the victim may be due money for the damages. Damages include the costs of medical treatment, money for pain and suffering, lost wages, and other expenses incurred.

If you were seriously hurt because of a defective appliance, contact Udall Shumway PLC to schedule a consultation to discuss your case today.

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