Friday, December 9, 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was considered one of the best phones on the market when it was first released back in August of 2016. The Android fanatics of the world were ecstatic with the phone’s new features and how they were superior to that of Apple’s most recent iteration of the iPhone.

Unfortunately for Samsung, the Note 7 had a battery defect which caused some phones to suddenly explode, causing damage to individuals and their property. Samsung recalled1 the Note 7 on September 2, 2016, and has been suffering the losses ever since. The recall itself is expected to cost Samsung as much as $17 billion in lost revenue Samsung stated that the recall will expand to all Note 7 devices, including the original and replacement device. For some individuals, however, simply getting a new phone through the recall program is not enough.

Examples of Injuries and Damages

There have been a number of reported cases of Galaxy Note 7’s causing personal injury as well as damage to people’s property.

  • The New York Times2 reported that a phone exploded in a 6-year-old boy’s hands, causing him harm. The child was apparently watching videos on the phone when the phone suddenly burst into flames in his hand.
  • A Florida man3 claimed that his Jeep Cherokee was totaled because of the Note 7. The driver of the Jeep left his phone in the vehicle to charge while he was unloading something he had purchased. He went inside for a moment and came back out to find his entire truck engulfed in flames.
  • Finally, the Federal Aviation Administration4 went as far to issue a statement strongly urging passengers to not use or even turn on a Note 7s on an airplane for safety reasons.

Product Liability

From a legal standpoint, many of these cases involving injury from exploding Note 7s fall within the realm of products liability law. Product liability law is an area of the law that deals with defective or dangerous products. Manufacturers are generally responsible for products that leave their factories or warehouses. Who is responsible for the injury can vary depending on the reason for the injury. For instance, any party who may have come in contact with the product along the product’s chain of distribution may be to blame for the incident, such as:

  • The manufacturer of the product
  • The manufacturer of the components used in the product
  • The person who puts the components together to create the final product
  • The installer of a product
  • Wholesalers or retailers

There is no federal product liability law. Instead, states have found a way to deal with product liability claims by allowing them to be brought under a number of legal theories such as negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty.

Call a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney Today

There have only been a few lawsuits filed against Samsung so far regarding exploding Note 7s. The attorneys at Dolman Law Group have handled a number of product liability lawsuits and are well-equipped to represent clients who may have suffered from Samsung’s mishap. If you live in the state of Florida and have been personally injured or your property has been damaged because of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosion, call us at 727-451-6900 today to discuss your potential product liability lawsuit. Samsung dropped the ball on this one and should be held responsible for their actions.

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