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Defective Products Can Ruin Your Life

Defective Products Can Ruin Your Life

When you purchase a product, you expect it to work properly as long as you follow instructions and use it the way it is intended. Unfortunately, thousands of people each year receive serious, often life-altering, injuries because of defective products. Common household appliances, such as hair dryers or coffee makers, can ignite due to faulty wiring and cause severe burns. It is also possible that a badly designed product can inadvertently lead to serious injuries.

You may recall the famous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit from the 1990s. Although the media made light of it, the fact was the plaintiff, Sheila Lieback, received third-degree burns, required skin grafts and was disabled for two years after spilling the extremely hot coffee on her lap. At the trial, it was revealed that McDonald's required franchisees to serve coffee at between 180 and 190 degrees Fahrenheit. It was established that spilled coffee at that temperature causes third-degree burns within seconds. Because of this case, customers are no longer in danger of seriously burning themselves from McDonald's coffee.

Children and Defective Products

Children, who do not understand that it is unsafe to touch certain items or put them in their mouths, are most vulnerable to defective products. Every year, approximately 250,000 children are hospitalized because of toy-related injuries, according to the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission. While 97 percent of these children were treated and released, that means 7,500 children suffered more serious injuries. Between 12 and 15 youngsters die annually from toy-related causes.

Product Liability

If you have suffered an injury from a defective product, keep all evidence. Note the name and serial number, and check to see if you still have the receipt, instructions and packaging. Take photos of the injury and the scene of the incident. As soon as possible, write down or record exactly what happened.

Time Limits

Under Mississippi law, all product liability actions must take place within two years of the time the personal injury, death, or property damage occurs. There are exceptions, such as information fraudulently concealed from the injured party. However, every situation is different and requires the analysis of a skilled lawyer.

Contact an Attorney

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured because of a defective product, you need to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. At Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman PLLC, our attorneys will evaluate your case and make sure you understand your rights and options before moving forward.


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