Defective Appliance and Electronics Attorney
Defective Appliance and Electronics Law Firm
Were you or a loved one injured by an electronic device or appliance? Did you require medical attention to care for your injuries? We can help.
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys will investigate what occurred to determine what went wrong with the appliance or device that caused your harm.
Our legal team will research recall notices, review the manufacturer's product testing data, review the company's training programs on installing and maintaining the device, and other pertinent data that reveals the defect.
Call our Chicago product liability attorney today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation.
Dangerous Consumer Products
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, dangerous household appliances and electronic devices have caused 33,000 home appliances serious injuries and nearly $1 billion in property damage since 2008.
Most defective consumer products accidents have been attributed to the misuse of electronic devices such as faulty extension cords and defective televisions. Recent appliances and electronics incidents have involved powerful magnets resulting in injuries. Dangerous consumer products pose life injury and damage to homes.
Appliances and Electronics
Household appliances are devices you use at home for domestic tasks to make life easier. Also known as home appliances. Household appliances include washing machines, refrigerators, microwave ovens, space heaters, coffee makers, air fryers, dryers, dishwashers, and washers.
The Hazards of Household Appliances
Electricity and household appliances make life easier, but defective products can lead to serious injury or death. Follow safety precautions when using a home appliance or electronic device in your home.
Many dangers associated with home devices occur if devices are not built or installed correctly. A defective design may cause appliances to tip over, resulting in injuries. Burn injuries occur as a result of manufacturing defects in insulating materials.
Our personal injury attorneys handle a wide variety of product liability claims involving devices, household appliances, and electronics, including:
- Washing machines
- Trash compactors
- Stoves, ovens, ovens, and stoves
- Air fryers
- Coffee makers, toasters, kitchen appliances
- Space heaters
- Home computers
Why a Defective Design Leads to a National Recall?
Federal Regulations help protect homeowners from being injured by defective appliances, furniture, and electronics.
A defective design in an electronic device such as space heaters is the result of negligence by the manufacturer and can result in electrocution, electric shock, and burns.
Common reasons why unsafe products make it into homes across America:
- Some home appliance manufacturers do not know how to build their products safely
- Some companies use cheaper materials that are not as effective in insulation or fireproofing, increasing the risk of injury or death
- Some companies do not know how to install their products properly
Brands that have been involved in product liability claims:
- LG Electronics
- Panasonic Corp. of North America
Home appliances make life easier, and many scams exist, causing families to lose their money. Know what to look for in appliances and electronics before purchasing.
If you or someone you love was injured by appliances such as washing machines, please get in touch with our law firm to schedule a no-obligation consultation. Our lawyers can help determine liability and hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions on time.
Defective Electronics and Appliances That Can Harm or Kill Children
It is essential to understand the safety hazards and risks associated with home appliances and electronics.
- At-Home Fire Hazards: One of the biggest dangers in any home for children is a fire hazard due to faulty household appliances. Some homeowners die in their houses due to faulty devices such as washing machines.
- Television sets: TV sets are dangerous products in households because they have several cords posing a risk to children. In addition, children have reported electric shock cases due to inserting foreign objects in the electrical outlets.
- Small Appliances: Small appliances are dangerous because their cords risk short circuits or electrocutions. Also, microwave ovens pose a significant danger to children because their size alone makes it easy for them to get inside.
- Cell Phones: Cell phones are another common threat to small children at home. The cell phone's battery can explode if mishandled, is defective, or overheats.
- Baby Monitors: Infants are vulnerable to the many dangers of defective devices. Invest in an infant monitor.
- Defective Air Conditioners: Air conditioners pose electrocution risks due to defective wiring in older homes.
- Faulty Wiring: An overloaded circuit can cause a fire.
Consult with an experienced lawyer to determine via a toll-free number (888) 424-5757) if a faulty home appliance or an electronic device has injured you or your child.
Our lawyers can help hold companies accountable for their actions and help you get the compensation that you deserve.
Your Rights to File a Product Liability Claim
Illinois tort law provides every citizen the legal right to file a product liability claim or lawsuit when injured or a defective product kills a loved one.
The Three Types of Product Liability Claims
There are three types of product liability claims that injured parties can file in Illinois. These include:
- Design Defects: If the product does not function as it should, there may be a design defect.
- Manufacturing Defects: This type of claim arises during product production, making it more dangerous than intended.
- Failure to Warn: Occurs if the manufacturer fails to provide an adequate warning label or instructions
The Time Limit in Which You Can File a Claim
Each type of product liability claim has its time frame, including:
- Three Years: A design defect claim must be filed within three years from the purchase date.
- Two Years: Failure to warn claims must be filed within two years from the purchase date and within two years from the date of your injury.
- One Year: An injury stemming from a manufacturing defect must be reported within one year from the date of your injury.
The Amount of Time You Have to File a Lawsuit
Illinois law dictates that you only have two years to file a product liability lawsuit once the statute of limitations has run out. After that, the time begins to tick when the claim is ready to be filed in court, not necessarily when someone is injured. Therefore, it's crucial to get an experienced attorney involved in your case before the two-year time limit passes by.
How We Can Help You File a Claim
Common sense tells you that the home appliance must be safe and free of defects when purchasing washing machines. Sometimes, appliance manufacturers cut corners to produce defective electronic devices
We will help you with legal advice and pursue the maximum compensation that you deserve for your injuries and suffering, including:
- Medical Expenses: If your injuries require medical treatment, we'll ensure the settlement covers them
- Pain and Suffering: We will fight to ensure you receive full compensation for your injuries
- Lost Wages: If you have been unable to work since your accident, we will assist in seeking reimbursement for lost wages
- Future lost earnings: If your injuries lead to a disability, you could be compensated for all your future earnings
- Punitive Damages: In cases where the defendant's actions were intentional and malicious, we may – pursue punitive damages besides compensation
Our lawyers handle cases involving defective products, including defective cars, medical devices. If you have been the victim of a design defect or manufacturing defect, contact us today for a free consultation.
Building a Strong Compensation Case
The first step in seeking compensation after an accident caused by a defective or broken home appliance is to identify the fault that created the issue.
A qualified product liability lawyer can assist you in examining product testing records, installation training standards, recall notifications, and other information that may help explain how and why the accident occurred.
After discovering the defective component, you'll need to figure out who is responsible for it. The maker of an appliance, for example, might be held liable.
If an inexperienced person installed the household appliance, the installation firm might be held responsible. There may be other liable parties.
Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of household appliances and home electronics are defensive of their brands.
A Household Appliance Has Injured You! So Now, What Do You Do?
When confronted with a faulty home appliances problem, figuring out where to begin might be daunting. The store that sold you the equipment may blame the manufacturer.
The Role That a Lawyer Can Play in Your Defective Appliances Claim
If you are injured by one of these items, contacting an attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected. Lawyers can provide the legal guidance to file a claim and work with experts to help establish that the product in question caused your injuries.
Attorneys often review settlement offers on behalf of their clients, protecting them from receiving low-ball compensation for their injuries. In addition, they understand the value of a claim and can assist with negotiations, helping to ensure that you receive enough compensation for your losses.
Did a malfunctioning appliance injure you? If so, first file a report with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Next, contact an attorney ASAP to learn about all available options for seeking compensation for your injuries.
Defective Appliances and the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Regulations set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission ensure that the public remains safe from dangerous products with a defective design. Manufacturers and distributors must report defective products to the CPSC, but it is up to consumers to report injuries caused by such products.
When a product injures you, your initial step should be to notify the Consumer Product Safety Commission of your injury at their online reporting system, where you can also file a claim for any harm caused by recalled items.
The Commission will send an inspector to inspect the equipment that may have injured you or your loved ones, and they will establish their recall if the product is faulty enough to pose a danger to others.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission cannot resolve all products liability claims. They may not have information about products that have been made overseas.
What You Need to Know Before You Call a Lawyer About Your Defective Appliances Injury
If you've suffered harm due to a defective home appliance, contact an attorney to file a claim as there are time limits on product liability lawsuits.
Make sure you're aware of all relevant dates and deadlines while preparing to file your case. Time limits for reporting injuries caused by products vary from one state or jurisdiction to another.
In some cases, this means you only have a few years to file your claim, and these deadlines can be incredibly tight if the product that injured you is still being made and distributed.
If you intend to hold anyone accountable for your injuries because of a faulty appliance, make sure to preserve evidence as soon as possible, which may mean getting rid of the item in question or retaining it for an inspection.
It might also mean taking photographs of the product, preserving any receipts related to your purchase or injury, and making notes of conversations about your claim.
Defective Consumer Products and Manufacturer Negligence
In many cases, dangerous consumer products can be attributed to the negligence of companies who sell or manufacture them.
For example, the injured parties brought a class-action lawsuit against Samsung Electronics America for their defective top-loading washing machines, which tended to explode during a spin cycle. Although the suit was settled in 2015, some malfunctioning washing machines are still being sold on the market today.
Most product liability cases are brought forward by victims who have been injured or harmed by dangerous goods or products that they've purchased.
Fortunately for consumers, their rights are protected under state laws that offer legal recourse if a manufacturer fails to uphold safety standards when designing or producing their products.
Massive Samsung Phone Recall Related to Exploding Battery Explosions
Airbags in certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles have been recalled after it was revealed they could explode during deployment, causing serious injury or even death. At least 4 million cars are affected by this massive recall which began in 2015.
No injuries related to faulty airbag deployment have been reported yet, but many car owners have come forward citing similar problems caused by their original equipment manufacturer (OEM) part replacements.
Philips Norelco Electric Shaver Class Action Lawsuit – Failure to Warn of Burn Risk From Foil Heads
In 2012 a class action lawsuit against Philips Norelco failed to warn customers of possible injury to electric shavers with defective foil heads.
Do you believe your injuries resulted from faulty or counterfeit replacement parts for your electric shaving equipment such as razors, clippers, and more?
If so, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help determine your eligibility to file a product liability claim.
Magnets Implicated in Severe Finger Amputations; Jaw-Dropping Settlement
A 2014 settlement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has revealed that Buckyballs and Buckycubes are now considered hazardous materials due to their potential of causing internal injuries when ingested or inhaled by children under 14 years of age.
According to an article on USA Today, at least 19 children had suffered severe finger amputations due to ingesting powerful magnets packaged inside toy sets.
This problem became public knowledge after one parent took her son's story public. After that, a $57 million settlement was awarded to the victims.
Why File a Product Liability Lawsuit?
The term "product liability" refers to any entity or manufacturer who can be held liable for producing a defective product. Manufacturers are held accountable by the government for defects related to products.
Companies are required by law to provide adequate warnings about possible risks associated with their products. If you believe a defective product caused your injuries, then you may be eligible for compensation after filing a lawsuit against the company(s) responsible for your damages.
Strict Liability Tort Law
Injured consumers harmed by a manufactured product have the legal right to file a claim or civil lawsuit citing strict liability. According to civil law, strict liability involves liability without proving fault on the defendant's part.
Strict liability applies to the plaintiff's injuries caused by a defective product or an "ultra-hazardous," unreasonably dangerous, or abnormally dangerous activity.
A plaintiff injured by a faulty home appliance may file a personal injury claim against the manufacturer.
A few common examples of products that have injured people by way of a defective design includes:
- Children's toys
- Power tools and hand tools
Under strict liability tort law, manufacturers are held accountable for the damages suffered by an injured party when their product is defective in its original design or when it has been manufactured in a way that is outside of industry standards.
There are four key elements involved in filing a successful civil claim involving strict liability:
- The plaintiff must prove that the defendant's negligent conduct was the proximate cause of their injuries.
- The plaintiff must show that there is a reasonable certainty that similar injuries will not occur to other consumers using the same product in its present condition.
- There must be sufficient evidence or proof that allows an expert witness to conclude that the product in question is defective.
- The plaintiff must prove the defendants knew about the product's defect before the time it left their control.
Tipping and Instability
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, designing and manufacturing defects could lead to serious tipping or instability hazards. The commission states tipping appliances usually involve pressure or exerting force on the appliance that causes a tipping problem.
Filing a Complaint
After an injury accident attributed to a faulty product, file a complaint with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
This complaint should be filed soon to prevent serious injuries from this recalled or faulty product among consumers.
This federal agency is responsible for testing products, recalling hazardous items when necessary, and upholding legal standards of consumer goods.
Hiring a Defective Product Attorney to Resolve a Compensation Case
Were you injured by a malfunctioning appliance, tool, electronic equipment, or machinery? Do you suspect that the defect was a part of the manufacturing or design process?
The product liability attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are legal advocates for injured consumers. We work aggressively on our client's behalf to ensure they receive maximum compensation for their damages.
Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our law office remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
Our product liability attorneys accept all personal injury cases and wrongful death lawsuits on a contingency fee basis. This promise ensures you pay nothing until we resolve your case through a negotiated settlement or jury award.