Any goods supplied to consumers have to be safe; whether it is a children’s toy or a new car, safety is a big issue. The main responsibility for safety lies with the manufacturer, producer or importer and if one of them fails in this duty and someone gets injured, they may be able to make a personal injury claim, using injury lawyers in Stanton Drew.
Injury lawyers in Stanton Drew look for the warnings
Warnings of any potential risks should be clearly displayed on the product, and those warning should be easily understood. If while monitoring the safety of their products, a safety issue is discovered, it should be acted on immediately. Failure to comply with the health and safety regulations can result in injuries, which in turn result in personal injury claims using injury lawyers in Stanton Drew.
Retailers have a lesser responsibility
Retailers are not normally liable for damage to a claimant or their property unless they sell a product knowing it is unsafe. They should take extra care when selling high-risk products such as toys, medicines, food or fireworks.
Where to report your defective goods
Any item you purchase, or are given as a gift, that causes harm in its normal use, may entitle you to make a personal injury claim. But it would have been much better if you had not been injured in the first place. If you have something faulty from a safety point of view, you should report it to the Trading Standards Office if for no other reason than to stop the same happening to someone else. They have the powers to:
- Seize goods for safety testing
- Get permission from the courts to destroy the goods if they prove to be unsafe
- Prosecute the guilty party, which can result in heavy fines or imprisonment
- Order the halt of sales of the product
- Demand a recall of the defective goods
The most publicised recalls are for the car industries as a fault on automobiles can be a life or death matter, which needs correcting as soon as possible.
Making a defective product claim
Accident Advice Helpline is where to make your personal injury compensation claim if you have been harmed by a defective product, or been injured in any accident that was not your fault.
We were established in 2000 to provide access to justice to the innocent victims of accidents under the no win no fee* agreement. This agreement was introduced to the personal injury claim industry in the 1999 Finance Act, after legal aid for claims was abolished in 1998.
On our website, there is a compensation calculator which we refer to as the 30–second test, because that is all it takes to find out if you qualify to make a personal injury compensation claim. Not only that, it will give you an indication of the amount you can expect to be awarded.
We have a helpline that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is 0800 689 0500. You can speak to one of our friendly advisors who will be pleased to assist you all they can.
Date Published: 12th November 2013
Author: David Brown