Roanoke Defective Household Products & Consumer Goods Attorney
The list of household appliances and products we use is extensive. From the coffee pot and blow dryer before work to the InstantPot, dishwasher, and space heater at night, it can seem like we walk from one appliance to the next. We can do so without too much thought because we generally trust that we understand how to use the devices in our home and that they are safe. However, occasionally a product that enters the home is defective and the outcome of using it can lead to injuries such as burns, shocks, or even death. If you or a loved one has been injured after using a household product or consumer good, it is time to seek legal counsel and consider filing a product liability case.
Any Consumer Item Can Be Dangerous if Poorly Manufactured
Any manufactured product can be defective or dangerous. For instance, the Consumer Product Safety Commission alerted parents not to let children have cheap metal jewelry bought at Dollar Stores because the necklaces have high levels of cadmium and children who suck or chew on the jewelry risk cadmium toxicity. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures cadmium exposure can lead to delayed brain development, bone and kidney damage, or cancer.
Common Defective Household Products
- Power tools;
- Cosmetics and personal hygiene products;
- Children’s toys and play structures;
- Home exercise equipment;
- Electronic devices;
- Holiday decorations; and
What Needs to Be Proven in a Defective Household Product Claim
Defective and dangerous household consumer goods or tools fall under the rules of product liability. This means that to have a legal case there are a few elements that must be proven. There must be proof that the injury was caused by the product. The product must have had a flawed design from the start, been improperly manufactured or inadequately labeled with safety instructions. It is also critical in a product liability case that the victim was using the product in the manner it was intended or in a reasonably foreseeable manner. The last key detail that is required to have a legal claim to compensation is that the product was in good condition, meaning that it had not been altered or damaged in a way that compromised its safety.
A Roanoke Attorney Can Help If You Have Been Harmed By a Household Item
Defective household goods can lead to serious injuries that require time away from work and medical care. Even then, some damage is permanent and there is emotional distress to contend with as well. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective product in your home, it is important you seek skilled legal counsel who can dedicate time to your case as you recover. The Roanoke products liability attorneys at MichieHamlett have the knowledge to properly investigate your case and the commitment to advocate on your behalf against the large companies. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.