June is National Safety Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the many risks that we face every day. In honor of this important month, we want to focus on the dangers of defective products. Each year, thousands of people are injured by products that are not safe for use. The National Safety Council (NSC) found that in 2020 alone, roughly 11 million people were treated in emergency departments for severe injuries due to harmful products. The frightening part of this is that most of these products are products we use in our homes every day. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most common injuries caused by defective products and how you can limit your chances of sustaining a severe injury from a dangerous product.
National Safety Month: Learn About the Risks of Defective Products
One of the most common injuries caused by defective products is organ damage. This can occur when a person takes a prescription medication that is not safe for use. Organ damage can also occur from exposure to dangerous chemicals in household products. If you suspect that you have been harmed by a defective product, it is vital to seek medical attention immediately. The best way to prevent this serious injury is by discussing the side effects of prescription drugs prior to use with your healthcare provider. If you are utilizing household products, like all-purpose cleaners, be sure to wear protective rubber gloves to protect your skin.
Choking on Faulty Children’s Toys
Another common injury caused by defective products is choking. This can occur when a child’s toy contains small parts that can be swallowed. Choking can also occur from faulty household appliances, such as vacuum cleaners and food processors. Several toys can pose significant risks to young children, such as toys with small detachable components, toys with small balls, board games with small pieces, etc. To keep your children safe from potential choking hazards, The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) determines which toys are suitable for use by a child under three years of age.
Burn injuries can range from minor to life-threatening or catastrophic injuries, depending upon the severity of the burn and the treatment. Several consumer products may cause burn injuries, such as batteries, e-cigarettes, kitchen appliances, battery-operated products, heaters, products with faulty wiring, chemical burns from household cleaners, and an electric blanket. Although it can be difficult to anticipate if your product that was intended to use will cause harm, it’s always a good idea to proceed on the side of caution by keeping hot items out of reach and being aware of fire hazards.
Contact Starkville Product Liability Lawyers
When you buy a product, you should be able to assume that it is reasonably safe to use as intended. However, that is not always the case. If you or a loved one was harmed by a dangerous or defective product Vollor Law Firm, P.A. will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
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