How Your Everyday Appliances Could Potentially Cause Injury
When we purchase appliances to use in our homes, we don’t initially expect anything to go wrong. Even though it’s rare, certain products can misfire and cause serious harm to you or your family members. In order to protect your family, you should know which of these products most commonly can be defective, and what to do if you or your family member gets injured.
What Are Some Examples?
In general, there are three types of product defects: design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects. Any of these defects could be in household or vehicle products. Some household defective products include fans, portable heaters, hair dryers and hair tools, and air conditioning units. These products could overheat and catch fire, or they could break and cause serious harm or injury. Other frequently defective products include air bags, faulty seat belts, and other damaged vehicle parts. Automobile manufacturers and companies usually let their customers know when there’s an auto part recall, so it’s a good idea to keep up with that news and know if your vehicle could have a deficient part.
If I Get Hurt, How Can I Win My Case?
The manufacturer or distributor that made or sold a product that injured you or a family member can be held liable for those injuries. This law is called product liability. In a product liability case, there are two things that will benefit you. The doctrine “res ipsa loquitur,” which means “the thing speaks for itself,” suggests that that the occurrence of an accident implies negligence. This can usually shift the burden of proof to the defendant. The other thing that could benefit you is strict liability, which puts the manufacturer at complete responsibility, regardless of carelessness.
If you or someone you know has gotten injured due to a defective product, contact the attorneys at Stevenson & Murray. We will help you seek maximum financial recovery for your injuries and help you know your legal rights.