Almost 200,000 people suffer injuries as a result of accidents involving a home appliance, and over 14,000 of those injuries actually require hospitalization. In many cases, victims of home appliance accidents suffer fatalities as a result of their injuries. Home appliances cause serious injuries due to manufacturing defects and design flaws. If any appliance is made of substandard materials, has a design flaw, or includes an error in the manufacturing process, serious injuries and deaths may result. If you suffered any injuries or losses related to an accident involving a home appliance, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation from the manufacturer or retailer.
Appliances Linked to Accidents Involving Injuries
Some of the following home appliances are often involved in accidents causing injuries.
- Electric Ceiling Fans
- Conventional Ovens
- Toaster Ovens
- Food Processors
- Space Heaters
- Trash Compactors
- Washing Machines
In some cases, accidents involving home appliances lead to electrocution. Some of the appliances in the home that can cause electrocution injuries include microwave ovens, light bulbs, weed eaters, lawn blowers, lighting fixtures, and any devices that may have exposed wires.
Home Appliance Manufacturer Liability
Most home appliances remain safe for all users, however, there are some instances in which accidents occur as a result of a design defect or manufacturing error. In some cases, recall notices are issued to all consumers who purchased the product, and in other cases, injuries occur before a manufacturer has knowledge of the defect or flaw in the home appliance. However, when a home appliance has a defect or flaw of any kind that causes injuries or losses to a victim, the victim has the legal right to pursue compensation from the manufacturer or retailer based on product liability law. Even if the manufacturer had not issued a recall notice or did not have knowledge of the design flaw or manufacturing defect, under product liability law, the manufacturer will remain responsible for any injuries or losses as a result of placing an unsafe product in the stream of commerce.
Product liability claims against manufacturers or retailers involve complex investigations and typically require expert witnesses regarding the product or manufacturing process. However, if you suffered any injuries related to a home appliance defect or malfunction, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney
If you suffered injuries related to a home appliance malfunctioning or causing injuries due to a defective design, you may have a strong product liability case. Whether you were injured in Kansas or Missouri, consulting with an experienced product liability attorney at Griggs Injury Law at (816) 474-0202 can help you understand all of your legal rights and help ensure those legal rights remain protected. Learn more in a free consultation today.