Orlando Defective Consumer and Household Products Attorneys
When you purchase a product, you probably don’t stop to wonder if the product is safe. That’s because we rely on the numerous government laws and regulations aimed at making sure defective products don’t make their way into the marketplace in the United States to keep us safe. Unfortunately, defective products manage to find their way into the lives of consumers despite those laws and regulations. At Bailey Fisher, we are committed to protecting the rights of consumers who have been injured by a defective household product.
What Makes a Consumer or Household Product Defective?
Torts is the broad area of the law that addresses injuries to your person or property. Product liability is a sub-category within tort law that specifically allows an injured victim to seek redress for injuries caused by a defective product. The law recognizes three ways in which a product may be defective:
- Design Defects. A design defect is one that is introduced into the product during the design phase. It is a defect that is inherent in the design itself but that was not identified prior to the product moving into the manufacturing phase. Because the defect is found in the design of the product, the defect will be present in all products manufactured using that design.
- Manufacturing Defects. As the name implies, a manufacturing defect is introduced into the product during the manufacturing phase. The product’s design is safe; however, something occurs during the manufacture of the product that causes the product to become unsafe. Unlike design defects that are found in all products manufactured using the same design, manufacturing defects are only present in products manufactured during a specific time period, at a specific location, or using a specific material or part.
- Failure to Warn Defects. While the goal is to make all consumer and household products safe, the reality is that there are some products that cannot be made completely safe because of the inherent nature of the product. For these products, warnings are required. If an adequate warning is missing, the product is defective.
Defective Household Products
You probably don’t realize it, but your home may be a virtual minefield of potentially defective products. Some of the more common defective household products that might be found in your home include:
- Infant cribs, exercisers, jumpers, and playpens – because these products are intended to be used by the most vulnerable among us, extra care must be taken to make sure they are safe and age-appropriate.
- Appliances – design defects in household appliances such as your stove, washing machine, or refrigerator can result in injuries caused by electrical shocks, fire, flooding, or heavy objects falling on you.
- Cleaning products – many household cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that trigger a warning requirement. When a warning is inadequate, or missing altogether, a consumer may suffer serious injuries.
- Toys – because toys are marketed for children, they must be designed and manufactured with kids in mind. They must also include clear warnings with regard to age appropriateness, choking hazards, and any other reasonably foreseeable danger.
- Space heaters and other portable heating devices – portable heaters, electric blankets, and other household products aimed at keeping us warm can catch on fire from as a result of overheating, faulty electrical wiring, or other defects.
- Lighting, lamps, and electrical cords – the average home has numerous lighting sources and electrical cords throughout the house, all of which can short out, wear out, or otherwise cause a victim to suffer an electrical shock or become injured in a fire.
Get Help from Experienced Orlando Defective Consumer and Household Products Attorneys
The defective consumer and household product attorneys at Bailey Fisher Law have extensive experience helping injured victims receive the compensation they deserve for physical and emotional damages caused by a defective product.
If you were injured by a defective household product, you might be entitled to damages for the physical injuries and psychological trauma you suffered. We are committed to helping victims of defective household product accidents by identifying the responsible parties and aggressively pursuing compensation.
Call us at 407-628-2929 or submit our online form today. One of our experienced Orlando defective consumer and household products attorneys will evaluate your case for free. For viable personal injury cases, we will follow up with the necessary legal action to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence and recover the financial compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and losses.