When manufacturers and distributors fail to design, produce, and sell reasonably safe products, unsuspecting consumers and workers are placed at risk of sustaining severe injuries. Unfortunately, every year in the United States, defective products cause numerous fires and explosions that often result in catastrophic bodily injury and even death. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed due to an explosion caused by a defective product, we want to help you get the justice you deserve.
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What Makes a Product Defective?
For a product to be considered "defective," it must contain a flaw that renders it unreasonably unsafe for use. However, this does not include any products that are already inherently dangerous. For example, a nail gun is a hazardous tool that can cause severe bodily injury if misused but is typically safe when used as intended. In order to classify a product as defective, it must fall under one of three categories:
Design: This includes products with a flawed design that makes them unreasonably unsafe for typical use are categorized as having a design defect. Examples include:
- Power tools without protective safety shields.
- Car tires that shred or blow out at high speeds.
- Medications with unwarranted dangerous side effects.
Manufacturing: In the case that the product is properly designed, it is possible that a flaw was introduced during the production phase, known as a manufacturing defect. Examples of manufacturing defects include contaminated food and beverage items, incorrectly installed car treads or airbags, or motorcycles with improperly installed brakes.
Labeling: This is also known as defective marketing. It is when a product lacks the necessary safety labels, instructions, or warning labels to make it safe for typical use, or if the product has not been properly tested or has been marketed for "off-label" uses.
What Defective Products Commonly Cause Explosions & Fires?
Products with flawed designs or manufacturing defects pose many risks to consumers. However, some defective products run a higher risk of severely injuring or killing unsuspecting users. For example, commercial electronics, such as computer systems, wiring, and other electrical devices, run high risks of explosion due to their electronic builds.
Other products that run the risk of explosions when designed or manufactured with flaws include but are not limited to:
- Electrical wiring & outlets;
- Gas lines & fuel hoses;
- Vape pens & e-cigarettes;
- Industrial tools, heavy machinery, and equipment;
- Hazardous chemicals & other toxic substances;
- Motor vehicle components, such as fuel lines and fluid reservoirs;
- Lithium-ion batteries, cell phones, chargers, and personal electronic devices.
Products like gas-operated appliances, such as stoves, ranges, water heaters, and washing machines, also risk explosion hazards in homes and businesses.
What Compensation Can I Receive for My Damages?
Explosions from defective products can cause severe physical, financial, and psychological pain for victims and their loved ones. Along with the extensive medical bills, dealing with the trauma of a severe injury and permanent injuries can significantly impact a person's life. The last thing any victim should be worried about is how they'll be able to afford to cover the costs of their damages. When you file a lawsuit against a negligent party, your attorney may be able to help you recover the following:
- Medical expenses;
- Physical therapy;
- Pain and suffering;
- Property damage;
- Loss of wages;
- Mortgage and rent;
- Loss of consortium;
If you have been injured in an explosion due to a defective product and believe you have a claim for your injuries, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Morgan & Morgan. For over 30 years, our law firm has handled cases just like yours, helping millions get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Please fill out our free, no-obligation case review form today for more information on how we can help your injury case.
Who Is Liable for My Injuries?
When it comes to liability for the injuries a defective product has caused, your case will often fall under a product liability claim. This area of law covers the damages caused by defective consumer products. Product defects typically fall into three categories: strict liability, negligence, or breach of warranty. In the laws surrounding product liability, any of these three categories can leave a manufacturer of the said product liable if someone is injured or damage is caused to the property.
Let Morgan & Morgan Help You
At Morgan & Morgan, we have a track record of over 30 years of experience helping victims just like you fight to get the justice they deserve after sustaining an injury. If you or someone you know have suffered an injury from an explosion due to a defective product, you don't have to go it alone. For more information about how one of our attorneys can help you, please complete our free, no-obligation case evaluation form today.
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