Household Appliances And Fixtures
Most of us use a variety of household appliances and fixtures on a daily basis, without a second thought about potential dangers involved. We trust the appliances in our home to be safe and to perform as they’re designed to. What happens when those appliances don’t meet safety and performance standards? Our families are put at risk for potential injuries. A faulty refrigerator might not be a huge problem. Sure, you meat might go bad, but unless it’s a case of defective or exposed wiring, that might be as bad as it gets. If another type of appliance is defective, perhaps an appliance with a heating element, like an oven or a stove, the stakes are higher. If you suspect a defective household appliance or faulty fixture has caused your injury, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case.
Defective Appliance Design or Manufacturing
In a perfect world, all of our major and minor household appliances and fixtures are designed and manufactured to meet high safety and performance standards. Sadly, that’s not always the case. Quality control and design issues can lead to defects on the assembly line. If defective appliances get to market, they can endanger families in their homes. Nobody should ever be unsafe in their own home due to a household appliance purchase. Listed below are just some of the types of appliances and fixtures that can be defectively designed or poorly manufactured.
Potentially Dangerous Household Appliances and Fixtures
- Washing machines
- Water heaters
- Blow dryers
- Exercise equipment
- Flat irons
- Curling irons
- Space heaters
- Slow cookers
- Gas grills
- Microwave ovens
- Hot plates
- Pressure cookers
When it comes to ovens, toasters, grills, space heaters and other household appliances with heating elements, the primary concern with defects is often fire hazard. Fires can spread quickly in homes. Smoke inhalation and burn injuries can be catastrophic and fatal for occupants inside of homes. The stakes are extremely high with these types of appliances, so they should always meet adequate safety and performance standards.
Toxic Substances or Poison Exposure
Another concern associated with potentially defective household appliances and fixtures is toxic substances. Asbestos, lead and other hazardous materials can make families sick. Formaldehyde, toxic paints and other hazardous substances can literally poison people in their own homes. In many cases, it can take weeks, months or years before the full impact of exposure to certain chemicals is noticed. By that time, the damage is done.
The severity of injuries and the scope of property damage associated with defective household appliances can vary from case to case. If there was an explosion or a fire, injuries and property damage can both be very severe. If nobody was home at the time of the incident, you might be looking at just property damages. Each case is different and unique. Incidents involving electrical wiring can be particularly dangerous. If children are involved, the stakes are extremely high. Injuries associated with defective household appliances and fixtures can range from minor or moderate to catastrophic or even deadly.
Investigations and Recalls
Although we might like to think that the minute a manufacturer hears about a problem with an appliance, it’s gets pulled off of the shelves, but that’s not always the case. Often, it can take months or even years of consumer complaints before a product is investigated or recalled. During that time, other people are at risk for injuries or death. If you suspect a household appliance or fixture is defective or caused your injury, you need to contact the manufacturer immediately, file a report with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and get with an experienced product liability lawyer as soon as possible.
Families should feel safe in their own homes. An incident involving a faulty or defective household appliance or fixture should always be fully investigated. After any type of fire or other incident or injury caused by a household appliance or fixture, it’s critical to speak with a personal injury attorney who has proven product liability case experience about your claim. Depending upon the type of injury you sustained, you could be in the hospital and out of work for an extended period of time.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an incident involving a defective or faulty household appliance or fixture in Jackson or in any of the surrounding Metro Area communities, contact the skilled and proven Product Liability team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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