Defective products that cause harm
If you buy faulty goods which cause you harm, you may have to make a compensation claim for your injuries. This could mean using a personal injury lawyer in Kingsbridge in order to make a product liability compensation claim against the supplier.
Products need to be safe
Distributors and retailers have a legal duty to make sure that what they are selling is safe and in working order, but the main responsibility of ensuring that products sold to consumers are safe lies with the manufacturers, producers or importers.
If they fail to meet the responsibilities, it can mean serious consequences for them such as serious fines, or even a custodial sentence. Also, if someone was injured because of a defect, they could also face a product liability compensation claim from a personal injury lawyer in Kingsbridge. To try and avoid this happening, they should:
- Provide information to help consumers understand the risks attached to a product;
- Monitor the continuing safety of products;
- Warn consumers about any potential risks; and
- Take action if a safety problem is found.
The consequences of failing in their duty
If someone is harmed, even if they did not buy the product themselves, they can make a personal injury compensation claim. As well as pain and suffering caused, the claim can also include any losses or costs incurred because of the injury caused by the defect.
Where to report the fault
The problem you have had with your product could cause similar injuries to others. You should report your faulty goods to the Trading Standards Office, who have the power to:
- Go to court and request that the goods be destroyed;
- Order that the sale of the particular goods stops;
- Prosecute – if convicted, there will be fines or even imprisonment; and
- Demand the recall of all of the unsafe products.
We have all heard of cars being recalled. It costs the manufacturers millions to do this, but works out a lot less than thousands of compensation claims, and they certainly do not want injuries or deaths on their minds. Their sales could drop dramatically if many injury claims started being made against them.
Making your claim
To make your claim, you should call Accident Advice Helpline. Imagine trying to fight some of the really large manufacturers — it would be a nightmare for you. Not for us, though — we deal with such personal injury compensation claims all the time and have no problems dealing with the large organisations of any type.
Contact us on our freephone number, 0800 180 4123, to speak to one of our friendly advisors. Let us take the strain of making a personal injury compensation claim.
Date Published: 19th February 2014