Every day, New Jersey residents, and those across the country, rely on a variety of small and large appliances to make life easier. Modern conveniences have dramatically increased our quality of life in recent years, but it is all too easy to forget that these electronic devices can turn dangerous or deadly when they are defective or they malfunction.
From the coffee maker that is supposed to turn on by itself so that there’s a hot cup waiting for you in the morning to the dryer that runs unattended while you’re playing in the backyard with your children, when these appliances malfunction it is rarely at a convenient time. Further, the malfunction can result in serious injury.
Even electric appliances that are not designed to get hot can be a fire risk. Burn injuries can be very painful, and they often involve long hospital stays and thousands of dollars in medical bills.
Some appliances, such as heaters and furnaces, can pose a carbon monoxide risk. This can result in the tragic death of those in the household due to poisoning.
If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by a defective or malfunctioning appliance, it may be possible to hold the manufacturer accountable. New Jersey’s product liability laws allow victims to receive monetary compensation through the courts if their cases meet certain criteria and a judge rules in their favor.
At Ginsberg & O'Connor, we are prepared to help you learn more about your legal options. We can help you decide if a product liability case is in your best interests.