Personal injury claims take many different forms, but some of the most common within the home are injuries caused by faulty products. Quite often, if you suffer such an injury you will be eligible to claim compensation from either the manufacturer or the retailer. Faulty product liability claims occur in many different business sectors, from standard retail to industrial, but it is easy to underestimate just how many items around the home can become faulty. That’s why here at Accident Advice Helpline we have compiled a list of just some of the various products that are covered by this type of claim.
Damaged or faulty furniture
Product liability cases involving furniture occur relatively frequently and can lead to serious and debilitating injuries. For example, falls resulting from poorly built chairs collapsing have the potential to cause broken bones or lifelong back problems. The same applies if a bed collapses because it has not been put together properly. Even a television stand could lead to the TV falling to the floor, at best causing damage to the equipment and at worst leading to electrical injuries.
Damaged electrical goods
Poorly engineered electrical goods are potentially extremely dangerous. Although most manufacturers implement strident checks to ensure that no unsafe products make it out of the factory, unfortunately there will inevitably be the occasional exception. As well as having the potential for causing electric shocks, faulty electrical equipment can also lead to fires. If you have experienced such a problem, we strongly urge you to contact one of our friendly Accident Advice Helpline advisers.
Today, very few of us give much thought to the humble family car. However, vehicles are still products. Of there is a problem, it will be dealt with under the faulty product liability umbrella, and compensation can be claimed if they cause you injury. It is normally the manufacturer that is liable for any damages. Vehicles are capable of malfunctioning in various ways, from more moderate examples, such as airbags not deploying or wipers not functioning to something more extreme, such as brakes failing or engines cutting out. If you sustain an injury as the result of a vehicle malfunction, a product liability claim can often be made.
Of all the products that can be considered faulty, this is perhaps the least well-known. If you purchase food from somewhere, perhaps a supermarket, and subsequently contract a virus or other medical condition as a result of eating it, you are entitled to make a product liability claim. Any food sold in a supermarket or other food vendor which causes illness is considered a faulty product, because it is not being sold as advertised.
In recent years, the issue of faulty cosmetics is something we have all become more aware of. Fortunately, while it is still relatively rare, some cosmetic products such as face cream or moisturiser can cause severe allergic reactions. This can take the form of everything from a minor rash to painful burns. Whilst compensation claims are sometimes tricky to adjudicate on, they are still legitimately worth considering if you’ve suffered an injury as a result of using a cosmetics product. Remember, if you’re unsure about whether you have a case, contact Accident Advice Helpline today and we’ll be happy to provide our expert advice and guidance.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on your claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Faulty product claims