Air King America issued a recall on March 21st, 2019, for thousands of Wall-Mounted Range Hoods. These hoods are suspended above stoves. The products are known as Air King Valencia range hoods; they come in stainless steel, white, and black colors. The items are of 30 inch and 36 inch widths. The range hood mounts to the wall via anchors. The anchors have been reported to not properly hold the weight of the hood, and there has been an incident wherein the range hood came loose from the wall. The stove top was damaged, but no injuries were listed. This is troublesome due to the fact that people can be leaning over the stove or preparing food, and if a range hood falls, it can cause various physical injuries, as well as potentially start a fire. The Air King Valencia range hoods were sold at stores like Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon, and more from 2009 to 2018 for $550. They were manufactured by Air King America in Pennsylvania. About 5,000 units were recalled, as well as an additional 3,240 in Canada. Air King has recommended that consumers check to see if their products were affected. If so, the company will provide free replacement units and anchors, and the installation will be completed by a technician.
Injuries From Household Installations
Range hoods should be properly affixed to the wall or they run the risk of falling or dislodging. Some hoods are much heavier than others and can cause extreme damages. If a hood falls while you are underneath it, you can suffer a concussion, crushing injuries to your hands, cuts and bruises, lacerations, dislocations, and more. Blunt trauma can cause nerve damage as well. One of the biggest dangers of a loose range hood lies in its proximity to the stove. A stove that is on and being used can have many flammable materials on it, such as grease and oil. If these materials catch fire, it can be very hard and confusing to extinguish the flames. You may suffer burns of varying degrees and wind up destroying your kitchen or your home.
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Legal Information Of Product Liability Claims
Product liability claims can be brought against companies if the businesses were negligent in some manner. N order to sue, one of these issues must be present:
- There was a design flaw present with the product
- There was a manufacturing error that caused defects when the item was being created
- There were no hazard or warning signs or symbols on the packaging or on the item itself
With the case of Air King range hoods, there were likely issues with the design. The company may not have fully tested the weight of the hoods on the anchors or seen how long the anchors could last under stress. This is a blatant design flaw. However, there could also be distinct problems with the anchors themselves or with the hood’s latches. In this case, the manufacturing plant would have made numerous products that were defective. You can file a product liability claim only if you were injured because of the product. If your range hood detached from the wall and broke your stove, you could request compensation for the repairs or replacement, but you would not earn nearly as much as you would if you were injured. Injuries must be present for you to file for coverage of medical expenses and other debts.
Product Liability Steps And Procedure
To file a product liability claim and have the best chance of success, you should stick to the following plan. Firstly, get medical treatment as quickly as possible to ascertain the extent of your injuries and ensure that you are not greatly injured. Your injuries may take a while to show up, but it is still important that you go to the doctor at once after the product malfunctions and harms you. Do not return the product or lobby for a refund. If you do, you will lose out on your only piece of key evidence and you will find it hard to sue when you have already been compensated. Do not tamper with the product or try to fix it in any way yourself. Doing so can cause further damages that may void warranties. Further, if the company examines the product and sees the damage that you caused, they could claim that you caused the malfunction in the first place. It will be hard to prove otherwise. Hold on to any proof of purchases, receipts, or bank statements showing that you purchased the product. This will establish you as the rightful and lawful owner and that you were within your rights to file a claim for damages caused by something that you bought. You can get other evidence from individuals who were also hurt by the item or who experienced similar defects. Numerous pieces of evidence can be enough to start a class action claim against the company. However, if you want to pursue the highest possible compensation, you should stick to your own lawsuit. We highly recommend hiring a skilled product liability attorney who can help with your case. You may not know the first thing about pursuing legal action and you could be faced with the possibility of losing your claim due to inexperience or a lack of knowledge. We promise to fight around the clock for your worthwhile damages.
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Winnings For Your Claim
Individuals who have been injured due to defective range hoods should be fairly compensated for their damages. We will strive to win you compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills from the incident, including surgery costs, hospitalization, physical therapy, medication, and more
- Lost income if you could not go to work because of the damages you suffered
- Property damage for your broken items and nee to replace home furnishings
- Pain and suffering damages for emotional trauma, fear, anxiety, and PTSD
The value of your product liability case will be determined by the company’s insurance agent. He will look at how impactful your injuries were and how much of an effect they had on your life and career. The more serious and extensive the trouble, the more your claim will be worth. However, many insurance agents will do all they can to not pay you what you deserve. Our qualified lawyers will strive to negotiate the maximum settlement from the insurance company. You should not be at the mercy of representatives who merely want to keep profits high.
The Right Firm for You
If you have purchased an Air King Valencia range hood and you were hurt from its malfunction, contact our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, today. We will aggressively pursue your rightful damages and will not stop until we are satisfied with the result. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients throughout the years and our product liability lawyers are among the best in the country. Call us at (888) 649-7166 for a free legal consultation. We invite you to ask us any questions you want and we will gladly answer them. We will also tell you what we believe your case is worth and what we might be able to win for you. If you want to sign up for our services, we will give you our zero fee guarantee. His ensures that we won’t get paid unless and until we win your case and if we lose we won’t get paid at all. You won’t touch your own savings at any point throughout the legal process. To get started on your product liability lawsuit, reach out to the Downtown LA Law Group today.