It has been a tough year for many families in Philadelphia. It would be nice to finally get together with close family, gather around for a festive meal, exchange gifts, and watch the kids’ excitement when they wake up to presents. Unfortunately, many families instead end up rushing to the emergency room to address injuries caused by Christmas-related accidents.
Christmas Lights, Burns, Shocks, and Fires
Christmas lights can bring joy with bright and colorful lights decorating a house, tree, and in some cases, the entire yard. Unfortunately, these lights can be cause for concern over shock injuries or because of a fire hazard. Even the movie poster for Christmas Vacation shows Clark W. Griswold painfully getting shocked by Christmas lights.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), consumers should use caution with tree lights. “Of the estimated 2,200 injuries from holiday decorations treated in hospital emergency rooms across the country last year, approximately 440 (1/5th) were associated with Christmas tree lights.”
A number of pre-lit Christmas trees and string lights have been recalled over the years because of defects that could cause fire, burn, or shock hazards. Consumers should take some time to examine the lights when they are unplugged for possible defects.
Dangerous New Toys
Dangerous new toys may account for a number of injuries and accidents on Christmas Day or shortly after. Many of the new gadgets, toys, and devices are rushed out of manufacturing to make them available for one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year. These devices may use rechargeable batteries that could be defective, causing them to overcharge, overheat, start fires, cause burn injuries, or even explode.
A few years ago, the new hoverboards that continue to be a popular present, had problems with exploding batteries. According to one estimate, almost 90% of hoverboards imported into Britain were seized because of an exploding battery concern. The design flaw, a lack of a fuse, could cause the boards to overheat if left plugged in, increasing the risk of overheating, catching fire, or exploding.
After an Injury by a Defective Product
What do exploding batteries and shocking lights have in common? They may have been caused by a defective product. If a product is designed or manufactured in such a way that it is dangerous to the consumer under regular use, the seller, manufacturer, or distributor may be liable for any injuries caused by the dangerous product.
A product liability lawsuit allows the injury victim to seek compensation for their injuries, losses, and damages related to a defective product. Product liability generally falls under the category of a manufacturing defect, design defect, or failure to warn. A manufacturing defect may include problems in the manufacturing process that makes the product less safe than designed. This could include using cheaper materials or failing to do quality control.
A design defect is a problem that makes the product inherently dangerous as designed. This could include a safety latch that wears down after regular use, causing the safety latch to fail. A failure to warn defect may involve failing to warn consumers about unknown dangers. For example, failing to warn customers that leaving a rechargeable device could cause the device to explode could be a product defect.
If you suffered an injury because of a defective product this holiday season, speak with a personal injury attorney. Fill out an online case evaluation form or call (800) 529-6162 today to talk to our team.
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