Personal Injuries Caused By Defective Holiday Products: How Do I Seek Financial Compensation?

Nobody purchases holiday gifts or Christmas cooking equipment with the expectation that one of those products could result in a serious injury. However, every holiday season, consumers sustain serious and often life-threatening personal injuries from defective products. At King Law, we are committed to helping injured consumers who have been harmed by defective products during and after the holiday season. You should know that you may be eligible to seek financial compensation if you got hurt after using a dangerous and defective item. The following information can help you to learn more about options for seeking financial compensation and how a Rochester defective product lawyer can help.

Understanding How Do Consumer Products Cause Injuries During the Holidays

How do defective products cause injuries over the holidays? To understand how to seek financial compensation, you should first learn more about how products cause injuries. Since there are different types of product defects, consumer products that are defective can lead to injuries in various ways.

In some situations, those products may have been defectively marketed. For example, a children’s toy might have been marketed to kids aged 3 and up, when in fact the toy contained small parts inappropriate for kids under the age of 5, and that toy led to a choking injury for a young child. In other cases, products might contain design or manufacturing defects such that anyone using the product, even appropriately, could have been at risk of sustaining a serious injury. For example, perhaps you purchased a turkey fryer that was supposed to be safe for frying at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, but the product started a fire due to the temperature. Or, maybe you purchased holiday lights that were defective and caused burn injuries when someone in your home attempted to hang them.

These are just a few examples of ways in which consumer products can cause injuries during the holidays. When something like this happens, it is important to learn about filing a claim for financial compensation.

Determine the Type of Product Defect

When you have been injured by a product, you should work with an experienced Rochester product liability lawyer to determine the type of defect in the product. The Cornell Legal Information Institute explains that there are three general types of product defects that can lead to a claim for financial compensation:

  • Design defect, which means that there is something defective about the design of the product (and no matter how carefully it is made or used by a consumer, it will still be defective);
  • Manufacturing defect, which means that a defect occurred when the product was being manufactured (there is nothing wrong with how it was designed, and it could be manufactured in a safe way, but in the particular manufacturing process, a defect occurred);
  • Marketing defect, which means the product was marketed in a way that was defective or failed to warn about risks associated with use of the product.

How We Can Help

If you or someone you love sustained personal injuries because you used a defective product, you may be eligible to seek financial compensation by filing a product liability lawsuit. One of our experienced Rochester defective product lawyers can evaluate your case today and can help you to move forward with a claim. Contact King Law to learn more about the services we provide to injury victims in upstate New York.


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