Defective and faulty products come onto the market all the time and the majority are recalled before they have had the chance to cause an injury to anybody. However, many people are hurt by faulty products every year through no fault of their own. If you have been injured by a defective product we may be able to help you make a product liability claim for compensation.
The Consumer Protection Act 1987 states that if a product causes you an injury then the manufacturer is accountable for the accident. There are cases when the retailer (wherever you bought the product) cannot tell you or does not know who the manufacturer is, and in these cases claims can be made against the seller. However it is quite rare for the manufacturer not to be known, and in the vast majority of cases the responsibility falls squarely on their shoulders.
Consumers put a lot of thought into purchasing goods, especially if they are more expensive than your average daily items. Therefore suffering an injury from something you have bought is likely to be distressing, unfair and leaving you wanting some form of recompense for the damages caused.
Examples of Product Liability
There are many kinds of products on the market that could potentially cause harm of injury. Some of these include:
- Suffering cuts, bruises and other injuries because of a dangerous part on the product
- Contracting severe food poisoning from contaminated food.
- Children being injured by dangerous parts on toys
- Car accidents caused by inadequate/incomplete work
- Damage/burns to hair or scalp using hair dye that causes an allergic reaction
- Electrical shock from electrical products that haven’t been wired properly
- Injuries caused through the taking of unsafe prescription drugs/medical products
In most cases you could only have owned the item for a maximum of ten years before your time runs out to make a claim. However, the injuries must have been caused within the last three years as it is with most other compensation claims.
Also if a faulty product has caused damage to your property, the damage must cost at least £275 before any claim becomes valid.
Making a Product Liability Claim for Compensation
Securing the services of a personal injury solicitor that specialises in product liability cases would be a recommended step if you are considering making a product liability claim. At Ashley Ainsworth we can put you in contact with a solicitor with the experience of winning compensation for victims of injuries caused by faulty products.
Claiming compensation can help with any financial loss you may have suffered, as well as act as damages for the pain and inconvenience you have gone through.
If you are thinking about making a claim then call us for free, impartial, professional advice.
Read some examples of successful personal injury compensation claims at Ashley Ainsworth here.