Charlottesville Defective Household Products & Consumer Goods Attorney
Consumer goods manufacturers are almost always looking for “more power.” Most of these companies want to make the strongest possible product, from the largest appliance to the smallest pain pill. Frequently, if the label says new and improved, it really means risky and dangerous. Many companies gladly sacrifice consumer safety if this sacrifice means higher sales.
The experienced Charlottesville defective household product and consumer goods lawyers at MichieHamlett routinely handle these matters in Albemarle County and nearby jurisdictions. So, we know all the procedural and evidentiary rules. That includes the written and unwritten rules. We also know what it takes to obtain fair compensation. So, we fight for you, in court and at the negotiating table.
Examples of Defective Household Products
Frequently, product makers try to make commercial-grade appliances and other items in facilities which are designed to produce consumer products. As a result, there is a good chance that a product with a latent defect is in your pantry or garage at this very moment. Some common defective items include:
- Kitchen Appliances: Most people have at least a half-dozen electrical appliances in their kitchens. A small item, like a toaster or coffee maker, is just as likely to cause a fire or explosion as a large item, like a stove or microwave.
- Clothes Washers: Leaky valves are the most common washing machine defects. The water which collects on the floor often causes a slip and fall. Typically, manufacturing defects cause these problems. Product makers do not design leaky washing machines. They just turn out that way, mostly because the manufacturer uses cheap components.
- Power Tools: The “more power” rule mentioned above is especially prevalent in this area. And, the more power a tool has, the harder it is to safely use and control. That’s especially true if the user does not strictly follow all safety guidelines. This failure could set up the unforeseeable misuse defense, which is outlined below.
- Lawn Maintenance Equipment: Flying debris from defective weed whackers, lawnmowers, edgers, trimmers, and other equipment could cause eye injuries. Other common injuries include burns, serious lacerations, and even amputations.
Other defective household products are in your drawers. For example, many knives have blades which break off during normal use.
All these injuries are subject to the unforeseeable misuse defense. Manufacturers are not legally responsible for injuries which occur in this way. An unforeseeable misuse is an extreme misuse, such as using a lawnmower to trim the ivy on a brick wall.
Examples of Defective Consumer Goods
Unsafe medical devices, dangerous drugs, and defective motor vehicle parts are the most common forms of defective consumer goods.
A metal-on-metal hip implant is a good example of an unsafe medical device. As the all-metal parts grind against each other, they release tiny metal flakes into the body. These flakes accumulate and cause metallosis (metal poisoning).
As for dangerous drugs, the opioid epidemic has killed tens of thousands of Americans over the past several decades. Many of these pain pills are more powerful and addictive than morphine or even heroin. Other medications suffer from manufacturing defects, such as NDMA contamination. N-nitrosodimethylamine is a very dangerous cancer-causing chemical.
Experts believe that millions of vehicles with defective Takata airbags are still on the road. Other common issues include defective seat belts and defective engine components.
Contact a Dedicated Attorney
Defective consumer products often cause serious car crashes. For a free consultation with an experienced Charlottesville defective household product and consumer goods lawyer, contact MichieHamlett. You have a limited amount of time to act.