About the RecallCambridge Elevating issued a recall (recall number 19-091) on March 27, 2019. The recall included their Elmira, Heritage, and Hybrid home elevators with production dates between the ranges of 1/2/2009 and 29/11/17 that use first and second generation controller systems. These home elevators were sold at process ranging from $15,000 to $60,000 from January 2009 to November 2017 through Cambridge Elevating, Canwest Elevator & Lifts, Western Elevator, Seaside Elevator, and other authorized dealers. According to the recall, approximately 680 units have been affected. What is the defect? The recall claims that the landing doors can open without the elevator being present – creating a fall risk. More specifically, the defect present creates the risk of consumers falling into empty elevator shafts. Although no injuries have been reported, there has been at least one reported incident of the landing doors opening to an empty elevator shaft. The recall issued by Cambridge Elevating recommends that all consumers with the defective elevator in their homes immediately stop using them and contact the company to set up a free repair. Although getting your defective elevator repair for free sounds appealing, you should avoid agreeing to a repair if you and your family were harmed in any way by the elevator. Without a doubt, it is possible that there are many unreported incidents which include injuries and even death. If you and your family were harmed in any way by a defective Cambridge Elevating elevator included in the recall mentioned above, you must not allow the company to repair the elevator; instead, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
The Dangers of Defective Home ElevatorsAs explained above, the defect present in the Cambridge Elevating home elevators causes the landing doors to open up even if the elevator is not on the correct level. This creates the risk of consumers falling down empty elevator shafts. Undeniably, falling down an empty elevator shaft is dangerous. Such a fall could result in a number of injuries, such as head injuries, brain injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, spinal injuries, and hip injuries, just to name a few. Overall, such an accident is likely to cause permanent damage if victims survive. This could lead to expensive medical bills and the loss of income, for instance. If you were harmed by the defective elevator or any other defective product, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
Who is Liable?Who is liable for the harm that you suffered due to the defective elevator? If the harm that you suffered was a direct result of a defect in the elevator, Cambridge Elevating is likely to be liable and held accountable. All companies owe their consumers a specific duty of care. They must ensure that their products are free of hazards and all-around safe to use before making them available for purchase. Unfortunately, many companies fail to ensure that their products are safe for consumer use before making them available for purchase. If a company negligently fails to identify and address safety hazards present in their products, they could be liable for all the harm consumers suffer due to their defective products.
Can You Sue?Do you have the right to sue? Do you have the right to recover compensation? Depending on the details of your claim, you might have grounds to sue and recover compensation. If the defective product has a defect in labeling, manufacturing, or design, for example, you likely have grounds to pursue a claim since the defect was caused by the company’s negligence. In general, successful product liability claims result in claimants being able to recover some of the following types of compensation:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Funeral/burial costs
- Punitive damages
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Understanding Specific Deadlines that Apply to Your ClaimMany people lose their right to file claims for defective products because they fail to take action against the liable party (or parties) within a reasonable length of time. All claims, including product liability claims, are subject to strict statutes of limitations – or deadlines. These deadlines establish the time that victims and their families have to take action after suffering harm due to a defective product. If claims are not filed within the specific statute of limitations, victims and their families will lose their right to sue and receive compensation. In the state of California, victims affected by defective products have two-years to pursue their claims. If you would like to learn more about the specific length of time that you have to pursue a product liability claim, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience.
Taking the Appropriate Actions after an Incident with a Defective ProductWere you and your family harmed by a defective product? If so, it is absolutely necessary that you take the appropriate action to ensure that you both preserve your right to sue and prepare to file a claim. In general, victims of defective products should do the following:
- Seek medical attention for the injuries suffered
- Take photos of all injuries suffered
- Contact the company to report the product defect and the harm that you suffered
- Immediately stop using the defective product
- Do not tamper with the defective product or try to repair the defect yourself
- Do not agree to a free replacement or a refund
- Collect all medical records regarding the harm that you suffered due to the defective product
- Collect all records that prove your purchase of the defective product.
- Seek legal assistance as soon as soon as possible.
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