When a defective product causes injury or death to a consumer, the consumer (or his or her family) may be able to recover a settlement or judgment against the company that made the product. In some situations, the wholesaler and or seller may also be liable. There are several different legal theories upon which the consumer may rely on in a Cape Cod products liability lawsuit. These theories include (but are not necessarily limited to) design defect, manufacturing defect, strict liability, failure to warn, and breach of warranty. It is important that a person who has been hurt by a dangerous product get legal advice in a timely fashion, lest his or her claim become time-barred under state products liability laws.
Battery Banks Recalled
Most of us rely heavily on our cellphones these days, and a dead battery can disrupt not only our entertainment but also our ability to communicate and, when we are traveling, navigate. Portable power banks have become very popular, as we often need additional battery power to get us through a long day or a weekend trip. Unfortunately, power banks are not without risk. Recently, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall of certain 10,000 mAh power banks because the banks’ battery may overheat and cause a fire. Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled products immediately.
Interestingly, these banks are not associated with a particular brand. Rather, they may contain a company logo on the front and or back of the product. This is because they were distributed as promotional items at meetings or other events rather than sold directly to the public. If you have suffered a fire or a burn caused by one of these banks or another lithium-ion battery product, you may be able to seek compensation via a products liability claim against the manufacturer of the device.
Travel Mugs, Candles, and Gas Grills Creates Fire Hazard
Holiday mugs sold at a national retailer have also been recalled because of labeling issues. Although the mugs’ labels stated that they are microwave safe, this is not true. If the consumer places one of the metallic printed mugs into the microwave, sparks may result. This can lead to a fire. Consumers may return the mugs to the store for a full refund. The manufacturer has a toll-free number for consumers who have been injured or suffered a fire as a result of the faulty labeling on the mugs.
Certain frosted balsam jar candles are also on the CPSC recall list because the glass jar may break while the candle is lit, causing both a danger of fire and also of laceration. At least six jars have been blamed for fires so far. Certain propane gas grills have been found to have an issue with their gas regulator hoses; the hose can melt and cause a fire.
Talk to a Massachusetts Product Injury Attorney
Consumers who are hurt by dangerous or defective products have certain legal rights, including the right to seek fair compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses caused by the bad product. To talk to an experienced Cape Cod products liability lawyer, please call the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, at 888-262-6664. Be mindful that there are statute of limitations and statutes of repose that limit the time period during which an injured consumer or deceased consumer’s family file a claim in court for money damages, so talk to an attorney as soon as possible if your family is suffering because of a products liability injury.