Country Home recalled its DR Walk Behind Leaf Blowers due to injury hazards. The recall came through on February 6, 2020. The recall was issued because the blades that are located inside the leaf blower can break during use and discharge from the blower, which can cause extreme injuries to anyone nearby. 100 of the leaf blowers were recalled.
Various leaf blowers made by Country Home were recalled. The products are all three-wheeled blowers that allow the user to walk behind them. They have an orange metal face with a black grille that says “DR” on it. The model number can be found on the front left side of the main impeller housing, while the serial number can be found on a label on the back right side of the same housing. The following models with their respective model numbers were included in the recall:
- DR PREMIER 1200 Walk Behind Leaf Blower WB13010DMN
- DR PRO 2000 Walk Behind Leaf Blower WB15020DMN
- DR PRO 2000 Walk Behind Leaf Blower WB15020DEN
- DR PRO 2000SP Walk Behind Leaf Blower WB17020DEN
The items were manufactured in Vermont by Country Home Products under the name DR Power Equipment. They were sold at various authorized DR Power Equipment dealerships across the country and could be purchased online at DrPower.com. They were made from September 2019 through November 2019 and cost between $800 and $1700.
There have been eight separate reports of the blades discharging from the housing during use, but none of the discharges resulted in injuries. The company highly recommends that owners stop using the product at once and instead contact the company for details on how to receive a full refund.
Injuries from Defective Leaf Blowers
Leaf blowers are generally gas-powered appliances that simply blow leaves around. Others have special sacks or bags that suck the leaves up so they can be easily gathered and disposed of. Leaf blowers operate by using fans to generate high amounts of wind and force. The fan motor, housing, and blades should all be appropriately manufactured and affixed to the leaf blower.
The problem with Country Home’s leaf blowers is the blades. Individuals using the blower may suddenly experience one of the blades breaking off from the unit; because the fan moves at such a high speed, it is likely that the blade will be flung out or discharged extremely quickly with more than enough force to cause serious injuries. Plastic or metal blades can greatly harm you if you are hit by them. Some of the injuries you could sustain from errant discharged fan blades include:
- Nerve damage
- Muscle damage
- Facial injuries
- Eye and ocular injuries
- Sensory damage
- Puncture wounds
You may need to go to the hospital for numerous stitches or because the fan blade became lodged in your body. In some cases, a fan blade could fly off and hit you in the face, leading to a variety of injuries to the mouth, eyes, and more. Sometimes there is lingering damage; for instance, a laceration may not seem serious, but if the blade cut deep enough, it could have severed a nerve as well.
What to Do to Sue Country Home
The laws surrounding product liability lawsuits are rooted in proving negligence. If you want to show that Country Home sold you a defective leaf blower, you must establish that there was a problem on their end. This can be done in one of three ways:
- There was a design error with the leaf blower that cause it to be defective from its conceptualization
- There was a manufacturing error that occurred during the creation process
- There were no hazard signs or warning symbols on the leaf blower or its packaging
The leaf blower could very easily have been made with poor materials to cause it to suddenly break or have the fan blades fall off. The blower seemed to be designed properly with no glaring errors; there were huge innovations or risks taken, and the company was simply following a blueprint. However, because there were issues with the fan, it is fair to assume that the manufacturing center had a slight error when the appliances were being crafted.
Product liability claims require a fair amount of evidence. The most important task, though, is to get treatment for your injuries. You do not want to risk permanent damage because you took too long to go to the doctor. You should not hesitate to get treatment – in addition to the health risk, you also run the risk of hurting your claim. The more time you take between the incident and the treatment, the more likely it is that the insurance agent will not believe that you were seriously hurt or that you were injured due to the leaf blower. He could claim that another accident happened and you are simply being opportunistic.
Your evidence from the hospital can include pictures of the injuries you suffered, medical receipts, treatment notes, doctor’s notes, prescriptions, and more.
You will need to hold on to the leaf blower even though it is broken. Do not throw it away or try to repair it yourself. Do not bring it to a shop to be repaired. Do not return it to the company. You will need your most crucial piece of evidence. Further, do not pursue a refund; if you do, the company can claim that you were already compensated.
Hold on to any receipts as well. You may have a bank statement, proof of purchase document, email, or other slip showing that you bought the leaf blower. It will prove that you were the rightful owner of the item.
If any eyewitnesses saw the incident happen and can attest to your injuries, you can add their statements and testimonies to your claim. Additional perspectives will greatly benefit you. There is also the opportunity for a class action lawsuit if other individuals were injured because of the defective fan blades. All of the plaintiffs can provide their evidence and fight for a settlement, but the compensation will be equally divided among everyone.
It will be in your best interest to contact a product liability lawyer who can handle your case for you. If you try to move forward without legal representation, you may not succeed. Many individuals simply do not know how to negotiate or how to use their proof. We can hire expert witnesses and work day in and day out to secure you an adequate sum. You can focus on recovering from your injuries while we finish the legal legwork.
Product Liability Statute of Limitations
California has a 2-year limit on personal injury claims and product liability claims. The statute of limitations is in place to ensure that both parties are prepared to take action and are not unfairly placed in detrimental positions. The sooner you file your lawsuit, the more likely you are to succeed, as your evidence will still be fresh.
You may be able to extend the statute of limitations beyond the 2-year limit. This is most commonly seen when the victim of the incident is under the age of 18 years old – minors cannot legally sue, so their statutes do not begin until they turn of age. Also, it is possible that you a victim was left incapacitated in some way after the incident. Because he is not of the right mind or body, he cannot file a claim; therefore, the statute of limitations will be suspended until he recovers.
Do not let your statute of limitations run out. Call our law offices today to ensure that you submit your documents on time.
Restitution from a Lawsuit against Country Home
Your product liability lawsuit against Country Home for injuries from a defective leaf blower can result in ample compensation. You may be able to receive the following kinds of damages:
- Payment for medical bills and expenses from the past and future
- Reimbursement for lost income when you could not return to work
- Payment for lost or broken property
- Reimbursement for emotional pain and suffering damages
We will strive to secure you the maximum settlement available under the law. If the insurance company makes a low offer, we will negotiate until we are satisfied with the result.
Choosing Our Firm
The Downtown LA Law Group is renowned for its commitment to clients and for our highly skilled lawyers. We always aggressively pursue every penny you deserve and we will take your case to court if we must.
If you are in need of a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, call us today. We’ll walk you through the process and ensure you know what to expect. You should not be uncertain when filing a product liability lawsuit. If you hire us, we’ll also give you our zero fee guarantee – we don’t get paid unless and until we win, and if we lose, we receive no payment at all. you won’t touch your finances, win or lose.
Contact the Downtown LA Law Group today to sue Country Home if you were hurt by a defective leaf blower.