We think of our homes as safe havens from the risks of the outside world, and we do everything we can to help ensure that this is true. The fact is, however, that sometimes the products that we carefully choose and purchase for our homes are not only defective but also dangerous. If you or a family member has been injured by a defective household product, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer.
Manufacturers of household goods are in business to turn a profit, and they are not always as scrupulous as they ought to be in the process. While nearly any kind of product you buy for your home can be defective, there are certain types that are more likely to be, including:
- Power tools
- Household appliances
- Exercise and sports equipment
- Baby gear, such as high chairs, cribs, bassinets, baby seats, car seats, and boosters
- Children’s toys
- Medical equipment
- Prescription drugs
- Food items
When these common household items are defective, improperly manufactured, poorly monitored, and/or pushed through safety screenings prematurely, they endanger those consumers who purchase them.
When you buy products for your home and family – especially for your children – you are careful to purchase those items that are going to serve your needs safely and effectively. When such a product leads to injury, the element of surprise can exacerbate the danger. When you are driving, you accept the inherent risks involved, but when you are in your home going about your business, you aren’t expecting a common household item to endanger you or your loved ones.
Establishing Your Case
Legal cases that involve faulty products are called product liability cases, and they are generally based on one (or more) of several causes, including:
- A flaw or defect in the product’s design
- A flaw or defect in the product’s manufacturing
- A lack of adequate instructions or appropriate warnings
In addition, there are key elements that must be established in order to bring a successful product liability case:
- The product in question was defective.
- The defect was in existence before the manufacturer released the product to the public.
- The defect caused you to be injured and/or to suffer damages.
Defective children’s toys are especially problematic. When you purchase something special for your child, you expect the product to be safe for children. When the product ends up causing injury, it is an exceedingly painful situation. The fact is, however, that some manufacturers aren’t above cutting corners when it comes to the production of children’s products.
If You’ve Been Injured by a Defective Household Product, Consult with a San Francisco Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Defective household products often lead to injury. If you’ve been so injured, the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc. in San Francisco are committed to skillfully advocating for your case’s best possible resolution. Please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at (415) 433-0444 for more information today.