Faulty Appliance Injury

Faulty Appliance Injury

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2020, approximately 28.5 million individuals sought medical attention due to an injury linked to, but not always caused by, a consumer good. When an appliance is defective, it has the potential to lead to significant injuries or fatalities due to the dangers it creates; for instance, a faulty gas or electrical appliance can result in explosions or fires, leaving victims with permanent injuries, like scarring, burns, and lost limbs. Learn what a faulty appliance injury is, and find out how an experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyer from Lott Law can help those injured by a defective good; call our legal team today at (228) 215-2787.

What Is a Faulty Appliance Injury?

Faulty appliance injuries are afflictions caused by various defective household goods. They include injuries that arise due to large faulty home appliances, like ovens, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, and dryers. Smaller appliances, such as microwaves, mixers, food processors, blenders, toasters, coffee makers, and fryers, may also cause these types of injuries.

Common Injuries Caused by Defective Appliances

Individuals who purchase appliances trust the products are safe; however, occasionally, these goods may have defects, leading to different types of injuries. Below are several examples of the injuries caused by defective appliances.

Dryers and Washing Machines

Washing machines and dryers with defects can burn consumers; for example, a dryer’s defective lint collector or exhaust duct may cause burns and scarring, particularly if the customer places their hand inside the appliance. A faulty dryer or washer may catch fire too, which can lead to smoke inhalation, long-term respiratory problems, and other fire-associated injuries.

Ovens and Stoves

Malfunctioning ovens and stoves may lead to fires that may cause burn-related injuries or death. Additionally, they can release hazardous carbon monoxide gas, possibly leading to choking or suffocation.

Space Heaters

Space heaters are also fire hazards; when placed close to flammable materials, they can set fire to these objects. Similar to stoves and ovens, faulty space heaters might emit unsafe carbon monoxide levels, which can potentially cause poisoning or fatalities.

Countertop Appliances

In addition to possibly starting fires, countertop appliances, such as microwaves and toasters, can occasionally have electrical problems that might electrocute consumers. Alongside this, defective countertop appliances may have sharp sides or other product parts, causing cuts.

Types of Product Defects

The main kinds of defective products are design, instruction/warning, and manufacturing-related, which may give rise to possible legal claims against manufacturers. Here is an overview of the primary product defect types.

Design Defects

Design defects refer to issues with a product’s design that create unreasonable levels of injury risk. If more effective designs are available at the manufacturing date, this could strengthen the argument that a particular product has a design defect. For instance, if a type of medicine increases the chances of heart failure compared to a similar medicine with no such risk, the former likely has a defective design.

Manufacturing Defects

Manufacturing defects take place when the final outcome of a good is unintentional; rather than there being an issue with the product’s design, some element of the manufacturing process goes wrong during the product’s creation. These defects might impact either one specific item or multiple similar items produced in the same manner.

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Inadequate Instructions or Warnings

If an individual does not realize how to correctly use a product, the good could injure them. Because of this, manufacturers must instruct customers on the correct method of use, and the instructions and guidance have to contain enough detail so a reasonable individual can understand them. In addition, manufacturers must reveal any unclear risks associated with the product by providing warnings that a reasonable person would notice; a failure to include sufficient instructions or warnings could result in the manufacturer being legally responsible for any damages incurred as a result.

What Kind of Kitchen Appliances Can Cause Harm?

Other kinds of defective kitchen appliances can also harm consumers. Below are some examples of these goods.

Defective Refrigerators

A common defect with a refrigerator is the possibility of it tipping over, especially as it is frequently used and heavy. Consumers may mitigate this risk by securely attaching the appliance to the floor or wall and placing heavy items at the bottom of the fridge. Due to it being an electrical appliance, refrigerators could have faulty parts or wires that may cause fires; customers can avoid this danger by regularly checking for faulty components and either replacing or repairing the refrigerator after noticing a defect.

Cooker Ducts and Hoods

Sparks from stoves can set fire to anything in proximity, particularly if these items are flammable, such as grease in cooker ducts and hoods. Individuals can avoid this danger by regularly cleaning their cooker ventilation systems and replacing filters where necessary.

Faulty Dishwashers

Dishwashers utilize electricity and heating elements, potentially posing the risk of electrical fires. To minimize this danger, allow a dishwasher’s heating elements to cool completely before starting another wash. Moreover, avoid using this appliance overnight or when all household members are absent; that way, someone can always quickly detect if the dishwasher develops a fault.

How To Deal With Faulty Appliances

Many individuals often fail to realize they have a faulty appliance until it malfunctions, causes an electrical fire, or breaks down. As soon as an individual notices a defective appliance, the recommended approach is to promptly take action to minimize fire risks and other hazards. Before initiating a legal claim against the appliance manufacturer, follow these steps:

  • Disconnect/unplug the appliance.
  • Determine whether a replacement, repair, or refund is necessary.
  • For those seeking refunds, be sure to follow any refund request instructions set by the manufacturer, paying particular attention to any return periods.
  • If seeking a replacement or repair, contact the correct company department to begin the process.
  • If the appliance’s warranty has expired, consider purchasing a new product or hiring a professional to repair it.

Contact a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney Today

The United States experienced a 7.8% increase in product-associated injuries in 2022 over the previous year, per the National Safety Council (NSC), and included in this category are injuries linked to defective appliances. Appliance manufacturers selling faulty products that cause injuries could be legally responsible for any damages caused by negligence, giving rise to potential legal claims. Find out more about a faulty appliance injury, and discover how Lott Law might assist individuals injured by defective appliances; contact a Mississippi personal injury attorney from our firm today by calling (228) 215-2787.