On July 29, 2021, Generac issued a recall for their 6500 and 8000-Watt portable generators. According to the recall, number 21-173, if the handle is unlocked, it can potentially pinch consumers’ fingers against the generator frame as it is being moved; this represents a significant risk of finger amputations and crushed fingers. The recall affects over 325,000 products total, with over 321,000 in the U.S. alone.
The recall affects the following 6000-Watt and 8000-Watt generators:
- XT8000E (model numbers G0064330, G0064331, G0064340, and G0064342)
- XT8000EFI (model numbers G0071620, G0071621, and G0071621R)
- GP6500 (model numbers G0076720, G0076800, G0076800R, G0076812, G0076830, G0076830R, G0076902, G0076902R, and G0076903)
- GP6500E (model numbers G0076820, G0076820R, and G0076822)
- GP8000E (model numbers G0076731, G0076751, G0076751R, G0076761, G0076761R, G0076861, and G0076861R)
- PRO 6500M (model numbers GP16505DMN and GP16505DMNR)
- PRO 6500E (model number GP16505DEN)
- HomeLink 6500E (model number G0068650, G0068651, and G0079960)
The generators included in the recall all have gas-powered engines. They have only two-wheels. The generators have a U-shaped handle (two-grip, flip-up pin-lock) that is designed to help move the generator; this is here the hazard is present. The unit type can be found on the front of the product. Model numbers are located on a label that is printed on the product.
The affected generators were available at multiple home improvement stores, hardware stores, as well as through online retailers. The generators were sold at the following: W.W. Grainger, True Value, Ravitsky Bros., Amazon, Ace Hardware, Napa Auto Parts, Northers Tool & Equipment, Orgill, Power Equipment Direct, Blain’s Farm & Fleet, City Electric Supply, Costco, Do it Best, Lowe’s Stores, Home Depot, and Fastenal. They were sold from June 2013 through June 2021; the generators ranged in price from $790 to $1,480.
Generac is urging all affected consumers to stop using the affected generators unless they have taken the necessary steps of inserting the locking pin and securing it before moving the generator. The company is offering a free repair kit to those affected by the recall.
There have been at least 8 reports of injuries caused by the defective generator – 7 of these reports consisted of finger amputations, and 1 of the reports resulted in a crushing finger injury.
Were you or a member of your family injured by the defective generator recalled by Generac? If so, you should explore your legal options – you might have grounds to sue.
Can I Sue?
Do I have the right to sue? Can I sue Generac for the harm that I suffered? Can I participate in a class action recall lawsuit against Generac? Yes – you could file a lawsuit against the company for the harm that you suffered. A Generac generator finger amputation lawyer can help you fight for your rights after your incident and help you recover a fair settlement for the harm that you suffered.
According to the company, there were only 8 reports of injuries associated with their defective products; however, that number is simply unrealistic, as over 325,000 units of the product were sold (with 321,000 of those units being sold in the U.S.). This means that there may be hundreds, if not thousands of cases of injuries associated with the defective generators. If you or a member of your family were injured due to the defective portable generators, you could definitely sue.
Your right to sue is based on product liability. Based on product liability, all companies owe their consumers a duty of care. That is, they owe their consumers a duty to ensure that all their products are completely safe their consumers. This means that they must thoroughly inspect their products to be able to identify and address hazards before the products are made available to consumers. If they breach the duty of care that is owed to their consumers, they could contribute to incidents and be liable of any resulting harm. In other words, consumers that are injured as a direct result of defects in the product could pursue product liability lawsuits against the negligent product manufacturers.
In situations in which multiple consumers are injured, another option could include participating in a class action lawsuit.
How to Join a Class Action Lawsuit against Generac
Is there a class action lawsuit already that you could join? Currently, there is still no class action lawsuit; however, since the lawsuit was announced so recently, it is still too early for class action lawsuits – the claims against the company are just beginning. Regardless, you can start your claim against the company.
How can you join a class action? Typically, you do not have to do anything in particular to join a class action lawsuit. One type of class action lawsuits automatically includes all affected parties (parties have the option to opt-out). On the contrary, another type of class action lawsuits requires parties to opt-in to participate in the lawsuit.
Regardless of the type of class action lawsuit, you can trust one of our expert attorneys to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your injury claim and participate in a class action lawsuit if you choose to do so. Do not hesitate to contact our experts immediately to learn more about possibly participating in a class action lawsuit.
What Compensation Could You Receive?
Could you recover monetary compensation for the harm that you suffered due to a defective product? Based on the details surrounding your claim, you could be entitled to monetary compensation. What could you be entitled to receive? How much payout could you recover? The type of compensation that you could be eligible to receive could include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
The specific type and amount of compensation that you could receive will always be based on the details surrounding your claim; therefore, only an experience lawyer could provide you with specific information regarding your potential recovery. At our firm, our product liability attorneys are ready to fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation available for your injury claim.
What is the average case value of finger amputation and finger crushing injury claims? How much are these cases settling for? It is possible for finger amputation injuries to result in claims that are valued at or above the $500,000 mark. Crushing finger injuries are typically worth more since crushing injuries are associated with more complex treatment. Case value is determined based on cost of treatment, financial losses, pain and suffering, etc. In some instances, product liability cases in which the victim suffers severe injuries, like finger amputations and crushing finger injuries, can be worth $1 million dollars or more.
To learn more about the potential value of your product liability case, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately.
Steps to Take
How do I file a lawsuit against Generac for the injuries that I suffered due to their defective generators? To prepare to pursue your injury claim, you should do the following:
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- Take photos of your injuries, the defective product, and the entire scene of the incident
- Leave the defective product as-is (do not tamper with it or try to repair it yourself)
- Seek medical care for your injuries immediately
- Contact the company to report the incident and your injuries
- Do not agree to a free repair or free repair kit
- Do not agree to a free replacement
- Do not agree to return the product
- Do not agree to a full or partial refund
- Collect video footage that captured the incident
- Speak to any witnesses and collect their contact information
- Collect all relevant medical records
- Collect any records of lost wages associated with your injury
- Seek the assistance of a defective product lawyer immediately
Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm that is proud to offer national representation across the country. We can help you in all 50 states. If you are in need of a lawyer with experience in defective product claims, contact us today. At Downtown L.A. Law Group, we are a law firm with experience in product liability, and we are not afraid to sue any negligent product manufacturer for the harm that innocent consumers suffer. Our product liability lawsuit attorneys are ready to help you. Whether you are filing an individual lawsuit or are looking to participate in a class action lawsuit, you can trust our experts to provide you with the guidance that you need.
At Downtown L.A. Law Group, we are proud to offer free consultations and free second opinions, which allow our experts to provide you with all the information that you need to pursue your injury claim. Our Zero-Fee guarantee means that you will not be required to pay any upfront legal expenses for our legal services. Because we also work on contingency, our clients will not be required to pay anything until winning their injury claims.
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