Dangerous Kitchen Appliance Defects
People tend to feel very safe in their homes. Regardless of whether it is a house, apartment, or trailer, a person’s place of residence usually gives them a sense of comfort and separation from the stresses and dangers of the outside world. This feeling of safety can be stripped away if you are injured by a defective product that you use on a daily basis. The kitchen, with its host of sharp, hot, and electronic products poses a concentrated risk of injury due to negligent manufacturing.
If you are seriously injured by a defective kitchen appliance, the repercussions can be devastating. Broken bones or deep cuts can require a doctor’s attention, leading to expensive medical bills. If you have to miss work, you may be lose important income, or even put your job security in jeopardy. The stress this can put on an individual or a family is inconvenient, and under certain circumstances, can be very traumatic. Thus, under certain circumstances, the manufacturer of a defective product may be found liable for damages.
Kitchen appliance defects can take many forms. A defective heating element in a toaster or oven may heat randomly, creating a very serious risk of burns and a definite fire hazard. Negligent manufacturing practices or materials can result in wiring defects in any electrical device. People can be shocked or burned because of loose or uncovered wires, and sparks can ignite serious fires. Leaky refrigerators and freezers can cause pools of water on which people can slip and fall. Poorly assembled or faulty parts on high-speed devices such as blenders, food processors, and mixers can send dangerous pieces flying through the air.
In order to protect yourself from being injured by a defective product, it is important to pay attention to recalls issued by manufacturers. Large recalls are often covered on news programs. You can learn about smaller recalls from online resources or directly from the manufacturer’s website. Even if an item is promptly recalled once a defect is discovered, the manufacturer may still be liable for injuries or damages caused by negligent production or faulty product elements. If you think that an item in your home or kitchen may be defective, quit using it immediately and find out if it is a known problem that is the subject of a recall. If you have been injured, contact a legal professional to find out if you may be eligible for compensation.
For more information about injuries caused by defective products, visit the website of Waukesha personal injury lawyers Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. today.