On July 16, 2019, K2 Sports issued a recall for their VO2 S inline skates. According to the recall (number 19-168), the skate axle can become loose; a portion of the skate axle can also sheer off during use. These two issues with the skate axle can result in a wheel suddenly separating from the skate’s frame, posing a significant fall hazard. According to the recall, approximately 2,700 pairs of inline skates have been affected by the recall. The recall includes the following products:
- VO2 S 90 PRO M in black, steal, and red (I190201101)
- VO2 S 90 PRO W in black and blue (I190201201)
- VO2 S 100 PRO M in black and yellow (I190201301)
- VO2 S 100 X PRO W (HiLo) in black and purple (I190201401)
- VO2 S 100 BOA in red and while (I190201501)
The defective products were sold at a price range between $280 and $300 from January 2019 to May 2019. The skates were sold in specialty stores throughout the U.S. and online through K2 Sport’s website. The company has received at least four separate reports of loose axles; however, no injuries have been reported. The recall suggests that consumers who own the recalled skated stop using the product and contact K2 Sports (or the store in which the skates were purchased) to return the defective skates for a repair free of cost. The company is directly contacting all parties who purchased the defective skates. Although no injuries have been reported, it is possible that there have been multiple incidents resulting in at least some sort of harm. Did you or a member of your family suffer any sort of harm as a direct result of the defective skates? If the defective skates that were negligently made available to consumers by K2 Sports harmed you or any member of your family, you might have grounds to take legal action against the company. Are you interested in exploring the possibility of taking legal action against K2 Sports? Would you like to learn more about your right to file a claim for a defective product? Are you unsure about your right to pursue a product liability claim? If you are ready to discuss your claim with a product liability expert and learn more about your right to file a claim, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible. Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling many different types of claims and helping harmed victims to recover the compensation that they deserve. Our lawyers have experience in product liability claims and have represented countless victims against companies for the harm suffered due to defective products. Would you like our attorneys to evaluate your claim and provide you with the legal assistance that you need to take action against K2 Sports for the harm caused by their defective skates? If so, do not hesitate to contact our law firm and request to speak with our experts.
Understanding the Severity of the Defect (injuries)
According to the recall, the axle on the skates can loosen or sheer-off, making it possible for a wheel to come off during use. A loose axel might not seem like much of an issue; after all, it could just be tightened, right? The problem is that that the issue is not apparent until it is too late. Skates are associated with a certain speed. If a loose axel causes a wheel to fall off while the skater is traveling at any speed, the skater is likely to lose control and fall. The faster the skater is traveling, the more severe the fall and the higher risk of suffering harm. Depending on specific details of each incident, victims could suffer a variety of injuries. Possible injuries include but are not limited to the following: head injuries; brain injuries; broken bones; facial injuries; hand injuries; wrist injuries; arm injuries; foot injuries; ankle injuries; leg injuries; joint injuries; back injuries; neck injuries; spinal cord injuries. Some examples of minor injuries include scrapes, bruises, lacerations, sprains, and strains. Regardless of the harm suffered as a direct result of the defective product, victims and their families are likely to be affected in many different ways. Regardless of how you were affected, you can be certain that you have the right to take legal action against the company.
Understanding Liability Regarding Defective Products
Do you really have grounds to file a product liability claim against K2 Sports? The answer is simple – you have the right to sue because K2 Sports contributed to the harm that you suffered. All companies have a duty of care towards their consumers. K2 Sports, for instance, has a duty of care towards you and all other consumers. Having a duty of care towards consumers means that they must ensure that their products are safe for use (by thoroughly inspecting them and subjecting them to tests) before making them available for consumers to purchase. All companies must aim to identify and address any hazards present in their products prior to making their products available for purchase and purring their consumers at risk of suffering any sort of harm. To ensure that products are safe for consumers, there must not be any defect in the product’s design, manufacturing, or labeling. If at least one defect exists in the design, manufacturing, or labeling of a product, and the defective product has caused harm to a consumer, the company could be held liable for all harm suffered. Because K2 Sports could be held liable for all harm suffered, you have the right to sue. For more information about liability and your right to sue, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group immediately.
What Not to Do
Even if victims and their families have the right to take action against K2 Sports or any other company that contributed to harm suffered, the actions that they take after being harmed could negatively affect their right to sue. Consider the following points:
- Do not follow any of the recommendations established by the recall (with the exception of stopping the use of the recalled product)
- Do not try to repair the defective product
- Do not tamper with the defective product in any way
- Do not agree to send the defective product to the company
- Do not agree to a free repair or a free refund
- Do not agree to a free replacement
- Do not accept any voucher or any other suggested forms of compensation
- Do not sign any documents
You should never do anything that will affect the most important piece of evidence for your claim – the defective product. You should never accept any offers that could later be used against you to prove that you have already agreed to compensation. The harm that you suffered is worth more than a refund, a repair, or a replacement – do not settle for less than you deserve.
What to Do
Just like there are things that you should absolutely not do, there are many things that you should do immediately after being harmed by a defective product. Acting appropriately after being harmed by a defective product will allow you to gather the tools necessary to prepare to file your claim (even if it is at a later time). Consider the following points:
- You should take photos of the harm suffered due to the defective product.
- You should take photos of the defective product (the defect should be clear).
- You should contact the company to inform them of the harm that you suffered due to their defective product.
- You should refuse any offers made by the company.
- You should keep the defective product in a safe place in the same condition it was after it caused harm.
- You should seek medical attention.
- You should gather all records associated with the harm that you suffered.
- You should gather all records associated with the purchase of the defective product.
- You should seek the legal assistance of a product liability attorney immediately.
Although following the steps above does not guarantee that your claim will be successful, doing so will better your chances of filing a successful claim. If you would like to learn more about the things that you should do after being harmed by a defective product, do not hesitate to contact our law firm immediately.
You Could Recover Compensation
For many people who suffer any sort of harm as a direct result of a defective product, recovering compensation is likely. Your eligibility to recover monetary compensation, however, depends on the specific details of your claim. Could you recover compensation? How much compensation could you receive? What types of compensation could you recover based on the details of your claim? How much is your claim worth? Without a doubt, some questions regarding the compensation that you could be eligible to recover should be reserved for your lawyer – as most information regarding the compensation available for recover strictly depends on the details of your claim. However, you should be familiar with some of the common categories of compensation available for product liability claims. These categories of compensation include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial costs
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
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Are you ready to fight for your right to recover the compensation that you deserve? If so, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The product liability lawyers at Downtown L.A. Law Group have many years of experience handling defective product claims and helping harmed victims (and their families) to recover the compensation to which they are entitled. When you allow our product liability lawyers to handle your defective product claim against K2 Sports, you can be certain that there will always be someone aggressively representing your best interests and fighting for your right to be compensated. If you are ready to discuss your claim with our attorneys, contact us today.
Understanding the Statute of Limitations Relevant to Your Claim
Depending on the specific details of the situation and how you were affected, you might have the right to sue. Were you aware that you could lose your right to sue? You could lose your right to take action against the party liable for the harm that you suffered if you fail to file your claim within the appropriate length of time.
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All claims are subject to a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations determines the specific length of time that claimants have to file their claims. Statutes of limitations are designed to ensure that claims are filed promptly to prevent defendants from having to face any sort of delayed claims which they might not have any way to disprove (the likelihood of having disproving evidence decreases as the length of time between the incident and the claim increases). What statute of limitations applies to product liability claims? In the state of California, product liability claims are generally subjected to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that the victims affected by defective products will only have two years to pursue their claims. Although the timeline applied by the statute of limitations is strict, some exceptions (based on the details of your claim) could apply. These exceptions could increase or even decrease the time that you have to pursue your claim.
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Because failing to understand the statute of limitations that applies to your claim could cause you to lose your right to sue, you must seek legal assistance to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the specific deadline that applies to your claim. If you would like to discuss your claim and the statute of limitations that applies to your claim with the experts at our law firm, do not hesitate to contact us today.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group
After being harmed by a defective product, you are likely interested in exploring the possibility of pursuing a claim against the company liable for the harm that you suffered. If you are ready to take action against K2 Sports for their defective skates or any other company for their defective product, you can trust the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group. The experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to provide you with all the information that you need to take action against the company that contributed to the harm that you suffered. Our firm offers free legal services, such as free consultations and free second opinions, to ensure that all victims have access to the information that they need to take legal action. Our free consultations and free second opinions are available as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee; this guarantee prevents our clients from ever having to worry about paying expensive legal fees. Our firm is also based on a contingency structure; therefore, our clients will only pay legal expenses after their claims reach successful outcomes – if you do not win, you will not pay. If you are ready to discuss your claim against K2 Sports for defective skates with the lawyers at Downtown L.A. Law Group, do not hesitate to contact our firm immediately.