We know that you want to do everything you can to keep yourself and your family safe. That includes ensuring that the products you buy are safe to use. However, it is not exactly easy to keep up with all of the recalls that happen. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is trying to change that by offering an app for your phone that will keep you current on all product recalls. With all of the items we use daily and the number of recalls that happen each year, this is a great development.
At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we wish that everything on the market shelves was safe but we know that there are potentially harmful products out there. If you need a Seattle product liability attorney, you can count on us to be by your side working to secure the compensation you deserve.
How Big Is The Problem?
You hear about the major recalls on the news at night sometimes. You know the stories we are talking about:
- Major E. coli or Salmonella outbreaks
- Vehicle airbag problems
- Gas pedals getting stuck while people are driving
- Lithium-ion batteries exploding
These are all things that make the news, but they are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the totality of the defective product problem.
But are there not inspections for safety?
Yes, most of the products that are on the shelves in this country have to undergo some kind of inspection set forth by the government. However, if you look at the sheer number of recalls currently active, you can see that inspections do not always catch every problem.
If you consider the number of items that you use each day, you can see that keeping track of whether or not everything is safe is daunting. Each industry has defective products:
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Sometimes the problem is immediately recognizable. If a battery explodes, it can cause a traumatic injury. If food is tainted, we can become ill.
Other times, though, products cause illnesses that develop over time. Consider the cases being brought against Johnson & Johnson in which long-time users of baby powder say the product caused their cancer.
Whether a product has a design flaw, a manufacturing error, or is labeled incorrectly, companies need to be held responsible if a person is injured or becomes ill. These types of injuries can be detrimental and costly.
If You Are Injured
Defective products essentially violate our trust. Everything we buy in the US should be safe for us to use. When it is not and it causes us or someone we love harm, we need to know where to turn. You can count on Russell & Hill, PLLC to be by your side. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work to secure compensation for:
- Your medical expenses
- Lost income if you are not able to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages