The risk of an injury due to a faulty electrical product is extremely high. It’s important not to take any chances with electrical equipment that you believe may be faulty. The injuries that might occur as the result of faulty electrical equipment can be severe and, in many unfortunate cases, even fatal. Although we are first and foremost a law firm, we at Accident Advice Helpline find your health and safety to be paramount. This is why we publish our handy blog articles, to keep the public safe.
Knowing your rights
Electrical equipment is covered under the Sale of Goods Act 1979. The act serves a very important function, as it places a legal obligation on a seller to ensure that a product is neither faulty nor defective and fit for everyday use. A useful caveat of this of which many people are not aware, is if there exists an agreement between buyer and seller for a specific purpose, such as a printer capable of printing a certain amount of pages, this also falls under the act and if the item purchased cannot achieve this agreement, then the contract of sale can be rescinded.
Just how dangerous are faulty items of electrical equipment?
The simple answer to this is that they are very dangerous. A piece of electrical equipment that is a faulty product can cause a potentially lethal electrical shock or could even start a fire. Before you use a piece of electrical equipment for the first time, it’s important to perform a visual inspection of the item. Cosmetic damage may be a sure fire sign that the product in question is faulty or defective. If the product emits spark or produces a burning smell when used, unplug it immediately and return it. Do not take any chances with faulty electrical equipment.
Claiming compensation as the result of a faulty electrical product
At Accident Advice Helpline, we try our utmost to prevent accidents and injuries where possible. However, we are also acutely aware that many people stumble upon our blog articles whilst searching for information after an accident or injury has already occurred. A claim for compensation will not undo the pain and suffering as the result of an injury but it can be small step towards vindicating your rights and can help alleviate the financial pressures that arise as the result of an accident or injury.
If you’ve suffered an injury as the result of a faulty electrical product, contact us today on our helpline 0800 689 0500 which is available 24/7. We’re here to help.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice