In spite of the fact that retailers and, of course, manufacturers are supposed to ensure that the products sold by them are in perfect working order, there is always a chance of ending up with a faulty product. This is bad enough if a product simply fails to do the job it is supposed to do. On occasion, you may, however, end up with a product that is not only faulty, but downright dangerous.
Injuries caused by faulty goods
A defective product could ultimately result in causing accidents at work, while enjoying leisure activities in public places or even inside your home. A faulty electrical appliance, like a washing machine, for instance, could cause injuries through electrocution. This is also a possibility in office environments, where faulty computers and other type of equipment may cause the same sort of injury at work.
Electrical faults are also prone to causing both damage and injury, perhaps even death, through fires. In manufacturing environments, faulty products can cause injuries like repetitive strain injuries, industrial deafness and vibration white finger, not to mention potential accidents involving vehicles with faulty parts.
What to do if faulty goods are dangerous
No matter whether a faulty product causes an injury at home or is the cause of serious workplace injury, the first thing you need to do is prevent further injuries by rendering the product safe by preventing further use. If you were even slightly injured, collect as much evidence of the incident/ injury, and the product responsible, as possible. Seek medical attention to get that injury treated and ask the medical professional to prepare a report about your injury and the way it will affect/ has affected you.
You should then consider claiming against the product retailer/ manufacturer of the defective item. This is not only important to ensure you receive the compensation you are legally entitled to but it will also help prevent others falling victim to the same issue. Compensation claims usually result in an investigation into the reasons why the product was unsafe. If multiple claims are made, such an investigation may reveal that a product needs to be recalled.
Injuries at work, dangerous goods and your employer
If a work accident is caused by faulty, unsafe machinery, liability may not rest with the retailers/ manufacturers, but on your employer. Employers are responsible for the continuing safety of their workers and are therefore bound by rules and regulations to maintain machinery in safe working condition. Questions with regards to liability, the chances of a claim being successful and more can be answered easily by contacting Accident Advice Helpline.
Specialising in personal and work injury claims, this company offers advice on these and other injury related questions via a free-phone number. In addition to providing confidential, obligation-free advice, AAH also has a team of highly skilled lawyers able to assist you in proceeding with your claim.
Date Published: September 24, 2013
Author: David Brown