Household equipment and other products often contain defects that are dangerous to household occupants. Burn, poisoning, and electrocution are among the hazards commonly posed by malfunctioning or otherwise dangerous household appliances and products. On July 29, 2015, for instance, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall, by Whirlpool Corporation, of approximately 33,000 Jenn-Air brand single- and double-wall ovens and combination microwave/wall ovens with extendable roller racks (equipped with handles) as a result of burn injuries reported by several consumers. The injuries, which included second-degree burns to the arm and back of one consumer, were sustained when the extendable racks disengaged after being fully extended. Consumers are advised to stop using the racks and to contact Whirpool for a free in-home inspection and repair.
Defective appliances and other products have the potential to cause serious injury or death. The Killino Firm’s accident, injury, and wrongful-death lawyers have extensive experience with cases arising out of injuries and deaths caused by defective products. If you have been injured or one of your loved ones has died in this manner, contact us for more information about your legal rights and options.
Who Can Be Held Legally Responsible for Burn Injuries Caused by Defective Ovens?
Manufacturers, designers, and sellers of household appliances, equipment, and other products have a duty under the law to produce and distribute products that are reasonable safe for use by consumers. When a product, such as an oven, is found to cause consumers an unreasonable risk of burn or other injuries, the entities involved in the product’s production and distribution may be held strictly liable, in products-liability actions, for injuries or deaths found to have resulted from the product’s defect.
Strict-liability actions require that plaintiffs establish that a product contained a defect in its design, manufacture, or warnings and that the defect existed both at the time the product was sold and when the consumer’s injury-causing accident occurred. Engineering, medical, and other experts will generally be called upon to present evidence of a product’s defect, a consumer’s injuries, and the causal connection between the injuries and product defect.
If a plaintiff can establish that it is more likely than not that a product’s defect was a cause of the victim’s injury or death, the designer, manufacturer, suppliers, distributors, and others involved in the defective product’s production and distribution may be found responsible for the damages suffered by the injured consumer or deceased consumer’s survivors. Because strict liability is liability “without fault,” these defendants may be found strictly liable even if none of the defendants was negligent in producing or distributing the defective product.
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The Killino Firm is known throughout the country for its experienced and dedicated representation of consumers who have been injured by defective products. If you or one of your family members has been injured in an accident caused by a defective product, The Killino Firm can help you obtain the justice you deserve.