When you or your child uses any kind of product, be it a heating pad, toy, clothing, or medical device you expect that it will function properly and won’t cause you any harm. Sadly, malfunctioning parts, design defects, inadequate warnings, and marketing defects are more common than you may think.
Injuries from defective products can be devastating and lead to long-lasting ramifications. Knowing what to expect can help you identify when you may have a product liability claim on your hands. Here are four injuries that commonly arise due to defective and unsafe products.
Burns and Scarring
Defective products can lead to chemical, electrical, or thermal burns. These injuries are oftentimes severe and lead to physical impairment and permanent scarring. Several types of defective consumer products commonly lead to burn injuries, including:
- Batteries and battery-powered products
- Pressure cookers
- Electric blankets
- Toaster ovens
- Cleaning chemicals
- Heating pads
- Residential electrical systems
- Flammable clothing or other products
Other consumer products, such as defective smoke detectors, may also lead to burns by failing to alert individuals of smoke and fire risks within a building.
Head Injuries and Fractures
Head injuries and other types of fractures are common in cases where product defects affect things like ladders, stairs, electrical scooters, bicycles, vehicles or vehicle parts, or motorcycles. When these products fail and individuals fall off or are thrown off at great speeds, they may sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or severe fractures to limbs, spine, neck, pelvis, ribs, or clavicles.
Prescription drugs are a common source of product liability claims. Serious side effects may not be clearly indicated on the label, or a defect during the manufacturing process may cause an unknown adverse side effect for users. Long-term use of defective prescription drugs can lead to heart, liver, or kidney failure as well as lung problems, brain damage, or cardiac arrest.
Successfully proving a product liability claim can be difficult, if not impossible, by yourself. Please know that you don’t have to go through this process alone. At Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation, our Los Angeles product liability attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and tenacity you need to maximize your chances of a successful outcome.
We are ready to hear your story and fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us at (866) 884-1717 to learn more about your legal options during a free case review.