On January 13th, 2021, Belkin issued a recall for its wireless chargers and stands due to electric shock hazards and the possibility of fires and burns. The power supply has a defect, which can cause the charger to malfunction. If it is plugged into the wall, it can short, shock users, or start a small electrical fire. About 2,300 of the chargers were recalled.
The items are power banks and stands, so phones and devices can rest on them while being charged. They have a power capacity of 10,000 mAh. They have wireless charging capabilities of up to 10 watts. The items came in black and white. The company name “Belkin” can be found on the face of the stand and power bank.
The bundles were manufactured in China and imported into California by Belkin. They were sold at Belkin’s online website, as well as in Apple stores and websites, from July 2020 through October 2020. They could be purchased for about $80.
To date, there have been no reports of the power supply malfunctioning when in use. There have been no injuries reported from any incidents. The company recommends that customers stop using the charging banks and seek instructions on how to properly dispose of the bank, as well as a remedy. Customers can receive a full refund for the purchase or credit towards another item.Electric Shock Injuries from Defective Charging Banks
Electric shocks generally happen when there is a problem with a power supply or when a person completes a circuit. There may be a faulty ground or the bank might have an excessive amount of voltage coursing through it. Electric shocks can lead to burns on the skin that may be minor or serious.
Shocks and burns can cause the skin to become red, hypersensitive, numb, and inflamed. Damages may last for some weeks depending on the severity. First degree burns will heal within a few days and result in only a little bit of redness. However, second degree and third degree burns affect deeper layers of the skin and can lead to nerve damage, muscle damage, loss of feeling, hypersensitivity, and more.
The danger of electric shocks does not only lie with external skin damage. A shock can cause neurological damage if the contact is maintained, or it can cause heart damage due to the increase of electricity. It is very dangerous to be subjected to electric shocks; even small shocks can be irritating, and when the effect is amplified, serious damages may occur.
How to Sue Belkin for Defective Charging Banks
If you intend to file a product liability lawsuit against Belkin, you must show that the company was negligent in some way. Product liability lawsuits can be filed if you can prove at least one of the following points about the product:
The charging banks had a defect in the wiring, so it is likely that the materials were faulty or that there was a design that did not account for the small space or power usage.
You should make sure to go to the hospital to get medical treatment for your injuries. It is not recommended that you wait too long to visit a doctor. If you do not get treatment quickly, your injuries may worsen, or you may find that the insurance agent will doubt the validity of your claim. He can say that you were shocked by another item or in another incident, and he will say that the defective item was a convenient scapegoat. You should also make sure that you get copies of all medical documents, test results, doctor’s statements, hospital receipts, and more from the treatment center.
You can take photos of the damages from the electric shock, and you can also take pictures of the charging bank to show that the item caught fire, if applicable.
There may have been eyewitnesses who saw the incident happen or who can testify that the bank was defective. You can add their statements to your claim to bolster it. The more support you have from people who saw the incident, the stronger your case will be.
You may want to throw the charging bank away, try to repair it, or return it for a refund. You should do none of this. It is important that you keep the charging bank as it is and preserve it, as it is the most important piece of evidence you have. If you get rid of it, the insurance company can claim that there’s no way for the defect to be examined, since it is not present at all.
You may have a receipt showing that you bought the charging bank. You can make copies of this, or copies of a bank statement or email showing that you paid for the item.
You will benefit by hiring a product liability lawyer to handle your case for you. If you have never taken legal action, you may not know the first thing about moving forward with a defective product claim. An attorney can gather your proof, negotiate with the insurance agent, and keep you updated throughout the process while you recover and return to regular life.
Statute of Limitations to File a Product Liability Lawsuit
California has a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the injury if you wish to file a claim to receive compensation for damages. If you do not sue within this time period, you won’t be able to receive any restitution, and your claim will be thrown away. Often, individuals fail to understand the correct amount of time or do not know that there is a statute of limitations in the first place. It is important that you speak with a lawyer to determine how much time you have left on your case.
There is the possibility for your statute of limitations to be extended, but this will only happen in certain situations. If you were under 18 years old, you cannot sue without a legal guardian representing you, so you can wait until you turn legal age before the statute of limitations counts down. You also may have been left incapacitated and unable to sue, so the statute won’t start until you return to health. Further, the defendant must be in California – if he has left the state, the deadline will count down when he returns.
Earnings from a Product Liability Claim against Belkin
The value of a product liability lawsuit will largely be determined by the injuries you suffered and how extensive they were. If you were seriously hurt, you will potentially receive a larger settlement offer than if you only suffered minor injuries. The insurance agent wants to preserve profits and not pay out settlements, and we aim to bring you the maximum settlement available under the law. Our goal is to secure you compensation for the following:
You should not be expected to foot the bill for all of these expenses if you were not responsible for the incident in the first place. A defective product claim can allow you to receive the compensation you need to pay for these damages.
Our Firm’s Promise
Our goal at the Downtown LA Law Group is to ensure that you are wholly covered for your losses if you were hurt because of a defective product. Our product liability lawyers are known as the best in town, and we have years of experience and numerous reviews to back us up. We will stop at nothing to bring you every penny you deserve, even if it means going to court to defend your rights.
For a free legal consultation, call our law offices today. All consultations are confidential and your private information or case details will not be shared elsewhere. We will also give you our zero fee guarantee on your case. We won’t get paid unless and until we win. If we lose, we get nothing at all. Either way, your finances will not be altered by pursuing legal help with us.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Downtown LA Law Group if you wish to sue Belkin for injuries from a defective charging bank.
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