There are a wide variety of products found in our homes which are designed to make our everyday lives easier, as well as more comfortable and efficient. Whether it is a machine used to brew your coffee or electric blow dryer that dries your hair, there are various devices for many different purposes.
Unfortunately, when these devices, machines, and products in our homes are defective, they can result in serious injury. When a malfunctioning product causes an injury, it may not be just an accident with no one to blame. A company, manufacturer, or designer of the product may be liable for the defect, which could make you eligible for financial compensation for your injuries in a product liability claim.
The following are the most common types of defective household products:
- Kitchen and home appliances – When a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine, or dryer is considered defective, the potential risks include fires and electrocution, as well as serious injuries suffered in a slip and fall accident caused by a leaking appliance.
- Heaters and electrical blankets – If wiring is faulty or these products malfunction, the injuries could result in electrical burns or carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Power tools – When power tools are considered defective, a user could suffer burns, lacerations, or even amputation.
- Fire alarms – When a fire alarm malfunctions, home occupants may not be alerted about a fire, which could result in smoke inhalation or substantial burns.
- Lawnmower and yard equipment – A defective lawnmower, weed whacker, or another piece of motorized yard equipment could lead to burns, cuts, electrocution, and amputation.
- Toxic cleaning products – Cleaning products may contain toxic or harmful chemicals which are not labeled with proper handling instructions and warnings, causing users to become poisoned, ill, or suffer chemical burns.
- Personal use items – Items such as curling irons and hair dryers can cause serious burns or electrocution if defective.
If you suffered a serious injury due to a defective household product, contact Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation and request a free consultation with our Los Angeles product liability lawyer today.