Have you ever wondered why there’s a tag on every hair dryer, warning you not to use it in the bath? Doesn’t everyone know not to do that?
In fact, there’s a reason these sorts of safety tags exist: it’s because dangerous and even defective products on the market injure and kill thousands of people every year. (In 2020, defective products sent a whopping 11 million people to the emergency room, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission). Without safe manufacturing and features like warning labels, many people—especially children who don’t know any better—experience harm.
Many of the products you use every day can cause harm if they are defective or used improperly. This includes things like televisions, cleaning products, ladders, ovens, and even beds!
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help avoid a defective product injury. Keep reading to find out how to stay safe!
#1 Read online reviews.
Before purchasing something (especially if you’ve never bought that kind of item or shopped from the brand), read the reviews. Other people will often point out if the product is defective in some way. Not only does this tactic save you money, but it also helps you avoid dangerous product defects.
What should you do if there are no reviews? Avoid buying it! “Early adopters” of new products and technologies often get burned. (Sometimes literally—consider the Samsung phone users whose phone batteries exploded in their pockets!)
#2 Read all instructions and the safety manual.
It’s easy to get complacent and think nothing bad will happen, but you know what they say: better safe than sorry.
Before using a new product, be sure to read the instructions for assembly and use. Also read the safety manual and any accompanying warning labels. Finally, don’t forget to read the instructions for care: some products can become deadly if they’re not maintained properly.
#3 Be careful with secondhand goods.
Used products may no longer be as durable or safe as they were when new.
Secondhand goods can be great: they’re often a good deal, better for the environment, and unique. However, make sure to take a hard look at their safety. This is especially true for pieces of furniture, appliances, cars, etc. Is the product still in good shape, or has it fallen into disrepair? If it’s in poor shape, are you able or likely to repair it before use?
#4 Check for recalls.
Recalls are one of the most important ways that consumers can avoid deadly products.
What is a recall? Basically, it is an alert from one of six different federal agencies that tells the public a product is defective, hazardous, or unsafe. (These agencies include the Consumer Product Safety Commission, FDA, EPA, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.)
Recalls are issued specifically to protect the public—so you know if a product of yours is on a recall list, it’s time to stop using it ASAP!
To check for recalls, you can visit Recalls.gov. This is a one-stop shop for recalls issued by any agency. There, you can find recalls for all types of products, from food products to tires. It’s a good idea to check periodically to see if your possessions made the list.
It can also be a good idea to check for recalls even before you’ve made the purchase, when safety is your number-one priority—like for vehicles, medications, cribs, or child car seats. You can check to see which products and brands are potentially unsafe. Sometimes, defective products stay on retailer shelves even after a recall is issued—so checking in advance is smart!
What to Do after a Defective Product Injury
There’s only so much you can do to stay safe. Sometimes, you can do everything right and still experience the misfortune of a defective product injury. It might be because a manufacturer or retailer knowingly sold you a faulty product, or maybe there weren’t adequate warnings on the product you used.
When you’ve been injured after using a defective or dangerous product, you have options. You can bring a product liability claim to hold the maker or seller of the product responsible for the harm.
If you have questions, we’re here to help. Call us today to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer about your case.
What happens when a car accident…isn’t an accident?
Today, we’re discussing the alarming rise in road rage accidents happening across the United States. We’re looking at what road rage is, what to look out for, and what your options are if you’re injured in an accident caused intentionally by another driver.
When it comes to personal injury, we often talk about injuries that arise from negligence and accidents. However, did you know it’s also possible to bring a personal injury claim if someone hurt you intentionally?
This is known as an “intentional tort.”
Keep reading to learn more about intentional torts, including what they are, common examples of this type of tort, and what is needed to prove your case.
If you’re anything like most parents, the idea of your teen driving a car is nerve-wracking. After all, you’ve spent the better part of two decades protecting your kid from all kinds of dangers…and now it’s time to hand them the keys to a metal box capable of speeding down the highway at 80 miles per hour. Terrifying!
As parents ourselves, the attorneys at Casper & Casper want to help, so we’re offering some tips on how to avoid a car accident.
Before you let your teen get behind the wheel, here’s what you should know about teen driving safety.
Property owners have a legal responsibility to keep the environment safe, so people who enter the property don’t get injured. (This area of the law is known as “premises liability.”) As a result, in many cases, it’s possible to sue.
However, there are important exceptions.
Today, we’re taking a look at injuries that happen on someone else’s property. We’ll explain when you can sue, what exceptions might prevent you from bringing a claim, and more.
Snow can be beautiful—a serene white blanket over the countryside. Driving in snow, however, is another story.
In Ohio, winter driving can be deadly. One study done using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that Ohio is actually the worst state in the nation for fatal winter car accidents!
Today, we’re tackling this topic to help you avoid the worst. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about driving in snow and how to prevent an accident.
Having the right attorney—one who is experienced, knowledgeable, and skilled—can often increase the odds of success in a truck accident claim. But how do you find the right attorney?
If you are seeking an attorney after a truck accident, do you know what to look for? What should you ask before hiring someone to represent you?
Keep reading to find out the questions you should ask any prospective truck accident attorney.
Most people join the gym to improve their health and fitness. Yet, every year, there are hundreds of thousands of exercise and exercise equipment-related injuries, according to the National Safety Council.
If you are injured at the gym, what are your rights? When should you call an attorney? Find out what you need to know about this area of personal injury law.
If you’re like most people, social media is the “highlight reel” of your life. That means you mostly post fun, exciting, or cool things you’ve got going on—and post the bad stuff less often.
While normally there’s nothing wrong with posting the good stuff, it can be disastrous during a personal injury claim!
Yes, posting on Facebook could hurt your personal injury claim. Unconvinced? Keep reading to learn why it pays to be cautious online.