Defective Electrical Appliances

Defective Electrical Appliances

Electronics are part of our everyday lives, in simple tasks that we rely on for food, comfort, cleanliness, and convenience. Small appliances in homes across Texas and New Mexico are necessary and so common that we often forget the danger posed by electrical appliances if they prove to be defective. A frayed cord, poor wiring, sparks, and a wide variety of other issues can arise in defective appliances and lead to disastrous results.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), over 150,000 home fires were started by cooking equipment along form 2007 to 2011 in the U.S. Fires can be started with any electrical appliance, and defective ones can cause a range of other incidents. Consumers can be electrocuted, struck by blades or dangerous moving part, or poisoned if paint of other materials flake off of a food preparation appliance. Cheaply constructed or imported products may be assembled incorrectly, improperly labeled, or made of inadequate materials for frequent use.

Common electronic appliances include:

  • Blender
  • Coffeemaker
  • Dishwashers
  • Electric kettle
  • Furnace
  • Hairdryers, curlers, or straighteners
  • Lamps
  • Microwave
  • Mixer
  • Power tools
  • Refrigerator
  • Stoves
  • Toaster
  • Treadmills
  • Washing machines
  • Water heater

We take these tools for granted to perform everyday tasks, but a defective electrical item can cause serious injuries and even death. The U.S. Product Safety Commission lists 100 fatalities in 2009 due to electrocutions from consumer products alone. This is not including deaths from fires caused by appliances or other related incidents.

Seeking an Attorney for Injuries Caused by Defective Electronic Appliances

If any of these appliances, or others, malfunction through poor design, faulty wiring, or unclear warnings, the manufacturer may be liable for damages. Consumers who have been harmed by defective appliances can pursue a product liability claim for injuries, property damage, and other costs. If you or a loved one has been harmed by an appliances that is poorly constructed, badly designed, or otherwise defective, you can turn to the Liggett Law Group for attorneys who are experienced in every area of product liability and can help you seek out compensation.