Accidents Caused by Defective or Faulty Products
Safety is the most important concern when it comes to using consumer products. Sometimes, accidents do happen. Accidents can be caused by improper usage of appliances, or by defective or faulty products. Even the most innocent products can cause fatal accidents.
For example, recently there was a news report on how a baby died due to a faulty baby pram. Apparently, the product was badly designed, and made from inferior materials. The baby's head got trapped in the pram and was smothered. Of course, this is a worst case scenario. Other accidents like fingers or toes getting trapped in prams may have gone unreported.
For other products like home appliances, the dangers are more obvious. For instance, home electrical appliances pose electrical and fire hazards. Usually, electrical products are certified by the relevant authorities, and they are safe to use. But they are safe only when used appropriately. Sometimes, due to product defects, accidents can still happen.
For instance, a homemaker using an electric iron is at danger of being electrocuted if the appliance is not properly insulated. This can happen when parts of the electrical wires are exposed, or certain electronic components of the product malfunctioned and cause an unexpected electrical surge. In fact, this can happen to any electrical appliance.
Other types of accidents include damage to hair or scalp by hair care products, car accidents caused by shoddy workmanship, injuries caused by exploding bottles or cans, and bodily harm caused by drugs or medicine.
And when accidents happen, they can vary in severity. Minor accidents may cause superficial skin injuries, while major accidents may even cause death. When that happens, you may want to claim compensation.
Professional solicitors will be able to help you claim for personal injury. In many countries, including the UK, if a product causes personal injury, the manufacturer is liable for damages. This is the law, and you should expect fair compensation.
Note that you cannot claim compensation if the products are more than 10 years old. Also, when claiming compensation, you have to be prepared to proof that the product is indeed defective. This is to ensure that you submit the right type of claim. If the accident is caused by misused, your claim may be classified as an accident claim and you may not be entitled to personal injury compensation.
The amount of compensation will depend on the part of body that is harmed. This amount can range from 17 thousand pounds to over 30 thousand pounds. If there are serious injuries caused by the accidents, you will need the services of a personal injury solicitor.
In sum, be aware that faulty products may be lurking anywhere and accidents are just waiting to happen. No one wants anything bad to happen, but if the inevitable does indeed occur, seek professional help from solicitors to help submit a compensation claim.