Thursday, January 21, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding At Home Product Injuries

What are some common at-home products which can cause injury?

Individuals can suffer various different injuries while at home. However, some of the more serious injuries are caused by at-home products that may be defective. Among those are the following:

·      Appliances: At-home appliances play an important role in facilitating our lives. However, each year, appliances cause numerous at-home injuries and deaths. For example, cooking equipment such as ovens and microwaves help contribute to 162,400 structure fires, 430 deaths, and 5,400 injuries per year.1
·      Electric Wiring - When incorrectly installed, it can cause electric shock as well as create a fire hazard.
·      Improperly Installed Flooring - When flooring is improperly installed, individuals run the risk of slipping, falling, or tripping. This can result in individuals suffering minor to serious injuries.
·      Defective Furniture - Individuals may be injured as a result of defective furniture that breaks and strikes someone or causes someone to strike another object.

What kinds of damages can I seek for my Injuries?

If you suffer injuries caused by at-home products, you may be entitled to recover damages such as medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, as well as the loss of personal property. Sometimes, judges and juries decide to award punitive damages in order to both punish the offending party and to discourage others from conducting themselves in the same manner that resulted in injuries.

Who is liable for injuries caused by a product in my home?

Sometimes an accident is simply an accident. At-home products will naturally tarnish with age. Still, some injuries may be the result of either a defective product or negligent installation. If you are injured by a defective product, you have a right to recover losses from the product’s manufacturer. Whenever a manufacturer produces a product, it asserts that it is safe for its intended use as well as those uses that are reasonably foreseeable. If cooking equipment or other at-home appliances malfunction, they can cause dangerous situations that can injure the home’s occupants.

Individuals may be injured by complications caused from negligent installation. For example, an electrical fire may start as a result of negligently installed electric wiring. Negligently installed floors can create conditions making it easier for individuals to slip, trip, or fall.2 Injured parties can recover from those whose actions breach a duty of care.

What should I do if I am injured by an at-home product?

If you are injured, you should always seek medical attention if you so require. Once you have recovered from any injuries, you should strive to assemble as much information and evidence that you can. This includes information regarding the cause of your injuries and any losses that you have sustained as a result. In order to recover damages, you will be required to show that you suffered damages. For example, you should assemble documentation such as paystubs in order to demonstrate a loss of income caused by your inability to work as a result of your injuries.

Do I need an Attorney?

Individuals injured by at-home products may seek to recover damages without first retaining legal counsel. Individuals may attempt to recover damages either by negotiating directly with manufacturers or by representing themselves at trial. However, representing yourself can result in significant difficulty negotiating with the opposing party as well as recovering the amount, if any, that you deserve. An attorney familiar with personal injury claims can help you prepare your strongest case and work with you to maximize your chance at recovering those damages to which you are lawfully entitled.

Contact The Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida to Schedule Your Free Consultation with a Personal Injury Attorney

Individuals should feel that their home and the products they purchase for at-home use are safe to be used as intended. These products do, however, sometimes cause consumers to suffer avoidable injuries. The Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida, is committed to representing those affected by design defects and negligence. Our team will carefully analyze your case and assist you in recovering the full extent of compensation for your losses. Call us today at 727-451-6900 and schedule a free consultation with one of our team’s skilled personal injury attorneys.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756


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