According to the CPSC, product liability injuries cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. Every year, there are thousands of people injured or killed as a result of defective and dangerous products. These products include automobiles, household appliances, dangerous toys, industrial equipment, drugs, and medical devices.
It is a natural assumption that everyday consumer goods that are purchased every day are carefully tested and approved by the manufacturer and the government. However, design defects, insufficient warnings, and manufacturer defects can turn ordinarily safe objects into dangerous, sometimes lethal objects.
Contact a Sacramento product liability lawyer at Piering Law Firm today if you were injured by a household appliance.
Household Items We Assume Are Safe
As of February 2013, there have been an astounding 33 defective products recalled for the year 2013 alone.
When a manufacturer fails to use the care necessary to provide a product that is reasonably safe, oftentimes the result is catastrophic for the unsuspecting consumer. A defective household appliance can cause severe damage to your home and your life.
In 2010 alone, an estimated 16,800 reported U.S. home structure fires involved clothes dryers or washing machines. These incidents resulted in 51 civilian deaths, 380 civilian injuries and $236 million in direct property damages according to the National Fire Protection Association. Additionally, clothes dryers accounted for 92 percent of the fires; washing machines 4 percent and washer-dryer combination machines accounted for 4 percent. An astounding 22 percent of the fires was a result of a product defect or malfunction.
Legal Claims Based on Defective Appliances
Faulty appliances range from clothes dryers, air conditioners, refrigerators, dish washers and toasters.
There are three common types of product liability lawsuits:
- Design defects: The product is not safe for its normally intended use, and in some cases, for its normal foreseeable use. This second condition is important because some products are safe by themselves or only when used in certain situations, but when combined or used with another product or situation could become dangerous.
- Manufacturing defects: The product was not manufactured properly, parts were defective or unsafe in some way.
- Marketing defects: Products must carry warning labels and instructions for proper use. Many companies now carry warning labels that make little sense to consumers based on previous lawsuits. For example, plastic bags often are labeled as "this is not a toy" or "can cause suffocation" to avoid liability because children have been known to play with plastic bags in an unsafe manner.
If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury related to a defective home appliance, call a Sacramento product liability attorney at Piering Law Firm immediately at (916) 476-2399 to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. You can also contact us online. All cases are handled on a contingent fee basis, meaning there is no legal fee charged until we recover for you.
A wrongful death judgment secured for a child who lost his mother as a result of domestic violence.
Complex wrongful death motorcycle accident involving product liability claims against both helmet and motorcycle luggage manufacturers.
Motorcycle vs. automobile collision resulting in below knee amputation. Client was riding motorcycle and defendant pulled out in front of him, resulting in a severe injury to client's leg, which ultimately led to the amputation of his leg, just below the knee.
Case involving serious injuries to a motorcycle rider who was involved in an accident with a shuttle bus on the freeway in San Francisco.
A settlement in a wrongful death action as a result of a crash that took the life of a motorcyclist.
Against Bar/Security Company
34-year-old software sales associate out with friends drinking at a bar in San Francisco. After a few hours, he leaves the bar to go home and gets in an argument outside of the club with a security guard.
Recovery for the victim of a rear-end traffic collision with a big rig that resulted in a neck injury.
Verdict received after trial for the victim of a rear-end traffic collision involving a commercial trucking company.
A policy limit settlement involving a head-on collision on a notoriously dangerous stretch of highway between State Highway 99 in Sacramento and Marysville, commonly known as "blood alley".
Pedestrian Wrongful Death
The defendant's primary limits of $250,000 were tendered in response to a conditional limit demand that required disclosure of all other coverages. The defendant had an excess policy of $1,000,000.00 which was tendered along with the primary limits.
John listened to me, gave great advice, put together a plan then followed through.”