Harmful defective products and the help of a Solicitor in Beaulieu
If you purchase something from a shop, you expect it to be working correctly and you certainly do not expect it to cause you an injury. Any products that are supplied to the public have to be safe, whether its a new car or a children’s toy.
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, the injured party may be able to make a personal injury claim, using a solicitor in Beaulieu
Look for the warnings
Any warnings of any potential risks should be clearly displayed on the product and those warnings 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. If this has happened to you, a solicitor in Beaulieu may be able to help you file a personal injury claim.
The retailers have a lesser responsibility
The 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 products to
Any item you purchase or are given as a gift, that causes harm in its normal use, may enable you to make a personal injury claim.
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 thing happening to someone else. They have the powers to:
- Demand a recall of the defective goods.
- 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.
The most publicised recalls are for the car industries as a fault on cars can be a life or death matter, which needs correcting as soon as possible.
Accident Advice Helpline
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 non fault 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. No only that, it will give you an indication of the amount you can expect to be awarded.
The number is 0800 689 0500. You can speak to one of our friendly advisers who will be pleased to assist you all they can.
Date Published: 11th March 2014
Author: David Brown