Hit Promotional Products issued a recall
on October 29th, 2019
, for its Coastline Ceramic Mugs
. The recall was issued because the ceramic materials could crack or break when exposed to hot liquids. There could be numerous burn and laceration injuries stemming from the cracked or broken mugs
Over 34,000 of the units were recalled. They have various logos on them because they were given away at events as free promotional items or gifts. They come in various colors as well, including green, red, blue, black, grey, and white. The word “China” is located on the bottom of each mug.
The mugs were manufactured in China and imported by Hit Promotional Products in Florida
. They were not sold at any locations but were given away at events from October 2018 through September 2019.
To date, there have been 10 reports of the mugs breaking or shattering when hot liquids are poured in them
, but no injuries have been reported. The company recommends that users stop using the mugs and reach out to Hit Promotional Products to receive a free replacement cup.
What kind of damages can occur from a broken mug accident?
Mugs should be sturdy and stable. They are usually used to hold hot coffee, hot tea, boiling water, and more. The handles and mugs themselves are usually insulated or at least prevent the heat from moving and dispersing, which would burn the hands of those holding the mugs.
It is possible for a Coastline mug to break, which can lead to accidents
. If they break while there is hot liquid inside, you could easily be burned. First and second degree burns are very painful; second degree burns in particular take some time to heal and often feature numbness and lingering pain. Third-degree burns, which can happen with boiling liquids, may even occur with nerve damage.
Additionally, the mug could break and cause lacerations. The material would not break evenly; it would be sharp and jagged in places, which would cause slices, slashes, and cuts. If a major vein is struck, you could suffer intense bleeding. You also may suffer nerve damage if the cut is deep enough.
These injuries could potentially be severe, and they may be even worse if they appear to children, who could suffer the damages to their faces, necks, heads, chests, and more.
Learn more about your legal options: call (855) 339-8879 to speak with a representative now.
How to file a claim against Hit for a broken mug injury
If you intend to sue Hit Promotional products for damages suffered because the mug broke or exploded while you were using it, you will have to have enough proof to show negligence. Product liability claims
can be filed if you can prove that the company was negligent in one of three ways:
- There was a design flaw with the item that was present at its creation
- There was a manufacturing error that caused the item to be made with cheap materials or it was not assembled correctly
- The mug lacked any hazard messages or warning symbols on the packaging
A defective mug that is not able to withstand extreme temperatures was likely made with the wrong materials in mind and should receive a revamp. It was thus a cross between a design error and manufacturing error. The company should be held accountable, therefore, in the event of any injuries.
Here is what you should do to ensure that your case is successful:
- Go to the doctor to get medical treatment from the doctor
- Do not hesitate to get treatment so that your injuries do not worsen and your case is not regarded as untrue by the insurance company
- Make copies of medical receipts, treatment notes, medication prescriptions, and more
- Take photos of the injuries you suffered and the scene of the incident
- Do not return the mug, try to fix it, bring it somewhere to be repaired, or tamper with it in any way
- If you return the mug, you will not have your key evidence; if you try to fix it, there will be no way of determining what you caused and what was already present
- If there were any eyewitnesses present, request their statements and testimonies to help give your claim additional support
- Make copies of any receipts to show that you bought the item or any tickets showing that you were present at an event where the mug was given away
Upon getting all of this evidence together, you should look for an expert lawyer with experience in product liability claims
. Too often, individuals try to handle claims by themselves, which usually results in failures and no compensation handed out. You likely won’t have the necessary legal experience and knowledge required to move forward, and you may not have the time or energy, either. We will be able to handle your case, negotiate a fair deal, hire expert witnesses, and more, all while you focus on recovering.
Recalled Mug Product Liability Lawsuit Compensation
In the event that you are injured from a broken or exploding Coastline mug, you could collect ample compensation from a product liability lawsuit
. The total amount of compensation you can receive will be determined by the insurance agent handling the claim. He will look at various factors and decide what to offer you; he will consider the extent of your injuries, what impact they had on you, and if you were partially responsible for the incident in the first place. If you did contribute to the accident and somehow caused the mug to explode or break, you could be given a reduced settlement offer. Our goal is to bring you every penny you deserve, so we will work to negotiate the fairest deal. We will aim for the following:
- Medical expenses from the past and future for surgery, medication, physical therapy, and more
- Lost income if you could not go to work for a period of time, whether in the past or future
- Property damage to replace any items that were broken in the incident
- Pain and suffering damages to account for emotional anguish, fear, anxiety, and more
To ensure that you receive every cent you deserve from the company that gave you a broken or defective item, speak with our product liability attorneys today. We will sue Hit for your rightful restitution.
Deadline to Sue Hit Promotional Products for a Lawsuit
In California, the statute of limitations for product liability lawsuits
is 2 years from the date of the injury. If you do not file a claim within this time, you will be unable to receive any compensation in the future and your case will be thrown out. The deadline is in place to ensure that you get your claim filed before the evidence gets corrupted, memories get lost, or businesses close down. You will have the best chance of success if you file quickly and do not wait until the last minute.
There are a few ways in which the statute of limitations can be extended beyond the 2 year limit, though. Individuals who were minors at the time of the injury cannot sue and can instead wait until they turn 18 years old to do so. Further, some plaintiffs have cases wherein defendants have left the state. If a defendant is not present, he cannot be sued, so the statute would be suspended until he returns.
Many claims are not filed due to the lack of awareness surrounding the statute of limitations. If you come to us with your case, we will ensure that you do not miss a deadline and that your claim is filed on time with the correct agency.
Why Choose Our Firm
The Downtown LA Law Group
is known for its history of successes and for winning product liability claims
over the years. We have decades of combined experience and our lawyers never give up on cases. We know the best methods and strategies to win your claim, and we will stop at nothing to succeed. If we have to go to court to fight for your rights in front of a judge and jury, we are willing to do so.
If you wish to receive a free legal consultation to discuss your case, you can contact our law offices today. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you are invited to ask us any questions you want. We will tell you how much we think your claim is worth and what you should do to move forward.
Further, by hiring us to handle your claim for you, you will not have to pay a dime out of pocket for our services. We will cover the costs of the case thanks to our zero fee guarantee. This means we only get paid if we win, but the money will come out of the insurance settlement or verdict given by the company at the conclusion of the claim. If we lose, though, we take no payment at all. Either way, your personal finances are safe.
For more assistance suing Hit Promotional Products
for damages received from a Coastline ceramic mug
, get in touch with the Downtown LA Law Group