Defective Household Products
The average U.S. household has 300,000 items or products, ranging from furniture to light bulbs. We expect the products we use in our homes to be safe, but recall trends over the past few years show that household products pose a disproportionate danger to consumers. In fact, the number of individuals injured by defective household products in the first three months of 2017 rose to the highest level in three decades.
When the household products people routinely rely on are defective, the harm can be devastating. If you have been injured by a defective household product, you may be able to bring a product liability claim against the company responsible for the defect. The product liability lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. have helped countless individuals harmed by defective products obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and are ready to assist you today. Call us at 205-933-1500.
Household Product Injury Statistics
According to the National Safety Council, one in 15 people in the United States experienced an unintentional injury in the home that required medical attention in 2015 and there were 74,600 home-related deaths. The leading causes of home-related deaths and injuries are poisoning, falls, fire, choking, mechanical suffocation, and drowning.
The home is supposed to be a place of safety and security, but household products are a common source of injuries and deaths in the home, particularly among children. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), household consumer products are responsible for an estimated 33.1 million injuries each year, due to accidents and defects design, manufacturing, or warnings.
Some of the hazards posed by defective or unsafe household products include:
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Fall risks
- Inadequate or incorrect labeling
- Choking or strangulation
- Poisoning from toxic chemicals
Common Types of Defective Household Products
The CPSC is responsible for overseeing the recalls of various consumer products, including most household items, and protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of such products. Although recalls are supposed to inform consumers of potentially dangerous products, people are often unaware of household product recalls until an injury occurs.
The categories of household products most common recalled for safety issues are:
- Home workshop equipment (e.g. power tools)
- Chemicals and cleaning products
- Children’s toys and nursery equipment/supplies
- Heating and cooling equipment (e.g. space heaters)
- Personal use items (e.g. blow-dryers)
Legal Options for Injuries Caused by Defective Household Products
If you or a loved one have been injured by a household product that you believe was defective, you may have a product liability claim against the designer, manufacturer, distributor, and/or retailer. Product liability claims tend to be more complex than other types of personal injury claims because establishing liability is often complicated and may involve multiple parties.
If you are successful in proving your product liability claim you may be able to recover the following types of compensation:
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Medical costs
- Mental anguish
- Physical impairment
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of use of property
In Alabama, you must file a product liability lawsuit within two years of the time an injury is or should have been discovered so it is important to speak with an experienced Alabama personal injury attorney as soon as possible to preserve your rights.
How Our Experienced Alabama Product Liability Attorneys Can Help
At Belt & Bruner, P.C., our experienced team of attorneys have extensive experience handling a wide-variety of cases involving defective products and can conduct an in-depth investigation to determine the company responsible for your injuries. With more than 65 years of collective personal injury experience and a proven track record of successful results in product liability cases, we know what it takes to fight for the maximum compensation possible for our clients.
Call us today at 205-933-1500 to schedule a free consultation.