If a faulty product causes you harm, you may be able to make an injury claim in Pimlico
Faulty products can cause injuries, sometimes serious and occasionally fatal. The manufacturers, producers and importers of goods have a legal duty to ensure that their products are safe; failure to do so could mean they face an injury claim in Pimlico.
Defective product rules and regulations
There are rules and regulations that apply to specific products because they present more danger than others. There are also standard things which apply to all products, such as:
- Consumers should be warned of any potential risk;
- Information provided as a warning should be easily understandable;
- The safety of products should be constantly monitored; and
- If a safety issue arises, it should be acted upon straight away.
When we talk of consumer goods and their safety aspects, we tend to think of household items — electrical goods and the like — but these rules and regulations apply to all products supplied to the consumer, such as bicycles, cars and even houses. If you bought a new house with an electrical fault that caused a fire and injury, someone would be liable for an injury claim in Pimlico.
The rules apply to old as well as new
The goods do not have to be new and faulty for you to make an injury claim in Pimlico. You do not even have had to have purchased the item yourself. As long as the goods have not been tampered with in any way, and it is the tampering that has caused the fault, the manufacturers, producers and importers are still liable for any injuries caused.
The retailer’s responsibilities
Retailers and wholesalers are not normally blamed for faulty products, and usually have no responsibility towards the consumer or the consumer’s property. However, if they sell a product knowing that it is unsafe, they will be held accountable. Retailers need to take extra care with high risk products such as food, toys, fireworks and medicines.
Report your faulty goods to stop someone else being injured
The goods that have caused your injury should be reported to the Trading Standards Officers to ensure that something is done to stop other people being injured. They have the powers to:
- Seize goods for testing;
- Immediately stop further sales of the goods;
- Demand a recall of the items;
- Get permission from the courts for the goods to be destroyed; and
- Prosecute the guilty party, which could mean heavy fines or imprisonment.
Accident Advice Helpline will help you to make your personal injury compensation claim. We have over 15 years’ experience, having aided many thousands of claimants to get the compensation they deserved.
Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 9th September 2013
Author: David Brown