The Dangers of the Defective Ice AxesAs explained above, the defective ice axes pose an injury and fall risk to consumers. Are these defective axes really that dangerous? Both the spike and the head of the axe can potentially detach. The spike and the head of the axe are sharp; therefore, sudden detachments could result in severe lacerations. The ice axes are used for climbing. If the spike or the head of the axe detaches while someone is climbing or attempting to climb, they could fall – likely from a high elevation. Without a doubt, the defective ice axes could result in significant harm. If you or a member of your family suffered any type as a direct result of the defective ice axe or any other defective product, you might have grounds to pursue a claim based on product liability.
Product LiabilityAll companies have a duty of care towards their consumers. They must ensure that their products are completely safe for their intended use before being available to purchase. This means that companies must subject their products to rigorous tests and inspections in order to identify and address any potential hazards before making their products available to consumers. When companies fail to identify and address hazards, they are essentially breaching their duty of care towards their consumers and putting them at risk. When a defective product (which represents a breached duty of care) directly leads to harm, the company will likely be liable for all the harm caused by their defective product. For more information about product liability, do not hesitate to contact our firm as soon as possible.
Do You Have the Right to Pursue a Claim?As mentioned above, all companies have a duty of care towards their consumers. When they breach their duty of care towards consumers and negligently make defective products available for purchase, they could be liable for the harm suffered and could be sued. In product liability cases, a defect in the product’s labeling, manufacturing, or design is enough for victims and their families to take legal action against the company that negligently made defective products available to consumers. So, do you have the right to pursue a claim against Seattle Manufacturing Corporation for the harm that you or your family suffered due to the defective ice axe? Do you have the right to sue for any harm that you or your family suffered due to a defective product? If the injuries that you or a member of your family experienced were directly caused by a defective product, you could pursue a claim against the company that negligently contributed to the harm suffered. For more information about your right to pursue a claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance from the defective product attorneys at our law firm as soon as possible.
Following Key Steps for Defective Product ClaimsAfter suffering any sort of personal injury accident, there are a number of things that victims and their families should do to ensure that they can eventually pursue a lawsuit. In defective product claims, there are very specific steps that victims should take to ensure that they preserve their right to sue. Some of the actions that affected parties should take include the following:
- Seek medical attention
- Take photos of all visible injuries (before and after treatment)
- Stop using the defective product immediately
- Do not tamper with the defective product in any way (do not try to repair the defective product yourself)
- Keep the defective product in a safe place and in the same condition as when the harm occurred
- Contact the company to report the product defect and the harm that you suffered
- Do not send the defective product back to the company
- Do not agree to a free repair
- Do not agree to a refund
- Do not sign any documents provided by the company
- Gather all records associated with the defective product (including receipts of purchase)
- Gather all records associated with the harm that you suffered and the different ways that you and your family have been affected
- Seek legal assistance as soon as possible
Could You Recover Compensation?As explained above, you will likely have grounds to sue if you or a member of your family suffered harm as a direct result of the defective product. You could also recover monetary compensation. How much compensation could you be eligible to recover? What type of compensation could you receive? The type and amount of compensation that you could recover after reaching a successful product liability claim outcome will always depend on the details of your claim. Some of the compensation that might be available to recover might include some of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral/burial expenses
- Punitive damages