When consumers purchase a product, they expect it to be safe and that they will not sustain any injuries when using it. Any product from toasters to blenders, or refrigerators to stoves can cause an injury if they are not up to standard. If you are injured in a kitchen appliance accident, you may be able to claim compensation. It is critical to contact Accident Advice Helpline to assist you with filing a claim and to connect you with one of our expert personal injury solicitors who will manage your kitchen appliance accident claim on a ‘no win, no fee*’* basis.
Accident Advice Helpline was founded in 2000 and has since developed a network of solicitors who specialise in consumer product accidents. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone today to determine if you have a valid kitchen appliance accident claim. This is a free 24-hour helpline.
Reasons for faulty kitchen appliances
There are many reasons that kitchen appliances can be faulty. These include:
- Contamination during manufacturing
- Failure to display a specific warning that could result in injury
- Failure to recall a product that the manufacturer knows is faulty
- Poor product design
Manufacturers are still held accountable, despite placing a term in the contact. Therefore, it is important to take photographs and keep the faulty product to show where it failed. In addition, keep as much packaging, instructions and purchase receipts as possible to help with your case. It is also critical to take photographs of your injury to show how and where you are injured.
Consumer Protection Act 1987
The Consumer Protection Act was drafted in 1987 and it imposes strict liability for faulty products on the manufacturer, assembler, producer or any party who is involved in the process within the European Union. This allows the injured to select from a large group of defendants. However, the retailer or distributor of the goods is not liable under the Consumer Protection Act despite being summoned to provide details of their supplier.
When those who are injured due to a faulty kitchen appliance make a personal injury claim with an expert solicitor, they have the option to issue proceedings against multiple defendants throughout the supply chain. The burden of proof requires the plaintiff’s legal team to prove that there was a defect in the kitchen appliance that made it unsafe to use, and thus resulted in injury. The injured consumer can recover damages for every personal injury that was caused by the defective product.
Kitchen appliance accident claim limitations
Although the Consumer Protection Act does not limit the maximum amount that can be awarded, there are a few limitations. For instance, under the Act, claims must exceed £275, but liability does apply to personal workplace use. Claims cannot be awarded to include business losses. In addition, the Consumer Protection Act does not cover your damages, but there are additional actions that may be pursued under common law. Therefore, if you have medical or counselling bills as a result of this injury, you may be eligible for a claim.
Compensation cases can become complicated as there are situations where the manufacturer is not liable for the faulty product. Therefore, if you find yourself in such a situation, it is critical to contact Accident Advice Helpline prior to beginning the process to determine your ideal course of action. These professionals can help you get the award you deserve. Call them free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: October 19, 2014
Author: David Brown