No one expects to sustain injuries when using a normal household appliance, piece of recreational equipment, or other non-commercial consumer item. Most people take for granted that the products they purchase from local stores or online retailers will be safe for them to use. Certain products may require warning labels or safety instructions to ensure that consumers who have purchased them do not accidentally injure themselves. Unfortunately, every so often, even when used in accordance with their safety instructions, unsuspecting product-users can be seriously hurt by defective products.
Serious, injurious accidents caused by defective products can come as complete shocks. In the blink of an eye, the use of a seemingly normal, everyday item can lead to severe, life-changing injuries. Depending on the circumstances of the accident and the type of item involved, the use of a defective product can cause an unsuspecting person to lose their senses, their mobility, their limbs, and sustain other catastrophic injuries. The outcomes of accidents caused by defective products can also be fatal. Because of negligence that took place somewhere throughout the manufacturing or distribution chains, lives can be lost in senseless, preventable accidents.
The use of defective products can also lead to a host of other injuries, all of which can be disruptive to an accident survivor’s life. These injuries include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Strains and sprains
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Facial and dental injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- And more
Injuries caused by the use of dangerous defective products can have profound physical, psychological, and financial ramifications on the lives of the people who have been injured by them. At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we believe that no one should be forced to suffer these indignities because of a product manufacturer’s negligence.
To learn how our Ontario defective products lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for financial losses you incurred after being injured by a defective product, call 1-800-JUSTICE and receive a free initial consultation.
Determining Negligence in Product Liability Claims
The companies that manufacture, import, advertise, package, and distribute non-commercial consumer items are subject to the safety guidelines outlined by the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). The guidelines mandated within the CCPSA exist to reduce the risk of harm to human health because of malfunctioning or potentially dangerous non-commercial consumer products. These include:
- Domestic items (e.g. appliances, furniture, etc.)
- Recreational items (e.g. children’s toys, games, etc.)
- Sports items (e.g. equipment, gear, safety pads, etc.)
- And possibly more
In accordance with the Food and Drugs Act, consumable foodstuffs (including chewing gum) and beverages, disinfectants for food storage units are subject to different safety guidelines, as are restorative, therapeutic substances like prescription or over-the-counter medications.
When defective consumer products cause unsuspecting users to sustain injuries, oftentimes the cause of the accident can be linked to their manufacturers’ negligence. Throughout the processes of designing, assembling, packaging, and distributing a non-commercial consumer item, negligence can manifest itself through a variety of wrongful actions, errors, and other forms of misconduct. For example:
- Products could be designed in a defective manner.
- An error in the manufacturing process could render the product dangerous for use.
- Testing of the product’s safety could be conducted improperly.
- A product’s safety instructions, labeling, packaging, or advertising could fail to sufficiently communicate the risks associated with the product’s improper use.
- Manufacturers were aware of the dangers associated with their defective product but failed to alert the proper authorities.
- And more
Unfortunately, most product manufacturers are unaware that there are hazards associated with the items they produce until it is too late and multiple consumers have sustained physical injuries. In accordance with the CCPSA, as soon as a manufacturer learns about a potentially dangerous defect in their product, they are required to alert Health Canada so that a nationwide recall can be triggered. Failure to do so could lead to even more serious, injury-causing accidents and, depending on the circumstances, more preventable fatalities.
Product manufacturers who violate the safety rules legislated within the CCPSA may be considered negligent if their wrongful actions or inactions cause consumers to sustain injuries. Negligent product manufacturers may be liable for financially compensating the consumers who have been injured by the defective products they have made available for sale.
If you sustained compensable injuries because of a product manufacturer’s negligence, contact our Ontario defective products lawyers today.
Compensation That Might Be Available
By working with our defective products lawyers serving all of Ontario, you may be able to prove the correlation between the product manufacturer’s negligence and the financial losses you have incurred as a result of being injured by their unsafe consumer item. If you are eligible to pursue a civil claim against the negligent manufacturer in question, our Ontario defective products lawyers may be able to help you recover the maximum amount of damages to which you should be entitled.
Depending on the severity of the injuries you sustained in your accident caused by a defective product and the impact those injuries have had on your overall quality of life, the damages to which you could be entitled might be both economic and non-economic in nature. These might include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation costs
- Attendant care
- Lost wages due to missed work
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Adjusted living expenses
- Punitive damages
- And possibly more
To learn more about how our defective products lawyers serving all of Ontario may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve, schedule a free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers by calling 1-800-JUSTICE
Contact Our Ontario Defective Products Lawyers Today
When the use of a domestic, recreational, or sports-related item leads to an injury-causing accident, it can be difficult to know just what to do next, or where to turn to seek out accountability, justice, and financial compensation.
Take advantage of a free initial consultation with our defective products lawyers serving Ontario to learn about options for financial recovery that might be available to you. To receive the benefit of free, personalized legal advice during a no-obligation first meeting, contact our Ontario defective products lawyers by calling 1-800-JUSTICE today.