It is quite common for people to get hurt as a result of using faulty equipment. Often they are unaware of their rights to pursue claims against those responsible for the safety of the equipment.
In law, a claim for such an incident is called a Personal Injury Claim. Some examples of injuries that could be caused by faulty equipment include:
- Children who get hurt using rides at the day care center or fair
- Injuries that stem from the use of faulty gym equipment
- Injuries that occur from using tools that lack required safety devices
- Equipment that is prone to break during normal use, resulting in injury
- Burns or other injuries that result when temperature controls fail
Despite the number of standards and government regulations that are in place to prevent accidents, some manufacturers still refuse to adhere to the law for various reasons. Some of these reasons include the cost of having their product certified by safety associations and the cost to build safety features into their products. These costs are generally very high and so, to avoid cutting into their profits, manufacturers prefer to take the chance that their product won’t result in any injuries.
Some manufacturers, even large established corporations such as car companies, sell their products knowing full-well that the product contains design or manufacturing defects that can lead to injuries. Sadly, if the cost to correct a defect outweighs what the firm expects to pay in injury claims and settlements, companies will often make a business decision to not recall a product despite the knowledge that it will cause injuries.
Many people are unaware that they may be compensated in situations of personal injury where the injury is the result of a faulty or failed product. It is always a good idea to speak to a lawyer whenever you are injured to find out whether or not you are eligible to make a claim.
Prior to seeking a lawyer there are a few things you should have prepared. You must have adequate evidence that an accident occurred and it must be possible to determine the cause of the accident and who is responsible for the accident.