Kansas City Defective Appliance Lawyers
Helping injury victims hold manufacturers liable for defective consumer products in MO and KS
Consumers have the right to expect that the home appliances they purchase have been fully tested to ensure their safety. The instructions on how to use electronic products of any type should be clear. If there are dangers, the consumer should be warned. Appliances that malfunction can cause fires, electrical shocks, rashes, and other injuries. In a tragic case, a defective appliance can cause a loved one to die.
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we are skilled product liability lawyers. We understand the unique challenges involved with consumer product liability cases. These challenges include showing that the product was defective, that warranties were breached, and that industry safety protocols weren’t followed. Our lawyers are respected by former clients, insurance companies, and defense lawyers for our impressive record of personal injury settlements and verdicts.
How can we help?
- What consumer appliances are most likely to be defective?
- How does a product recall affect my claim?
- What types of injuries do defective appliances cause?
- Who is responsible for a defective appliance in Kansas City?
- How much is my defective appliance claim worth?
- Do you have a defective appliance lawyer near me?
What consumer appliances are most likely to be defective?
According to analysis by Consumer Reports, the household items most likely to be defective include:
- Gas ranges
- Over-the-range microwaves
- Washing machines
Sometimes, complaints are minor, like a malfunctioning ice maker – but sometimes the complaints are downright deadly. Back in 2016, for example, Samsung had to recall close to three million top-load washing machines because the top would “detach unexpectedly” and fly off the machine.
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, our personal injury lawyers have the experience and resources to handle injuries caused by defective appliances like these, as well as:
- Heating appliances, including space heaters, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other heating elements.
- Food preparation products, including blenders, food processors, deep fryers, defective pots and pans, electric kettles, coffee makers, slow cookers, and Instant-Pots.
- Cooling appliances, including AC units, ceiling fans, box fans, freezers, and other products.
Other potentially dangerous home appliances include trash compactors and garbage disposals.
Other household products that may be defective include entertainment products, cleaning products, over-the-counter medications, products for children, yard equipment, electric blankets, clothing, and food products.
How does a product recall affect my claim?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is a federal agency that collects data and investigates product safety complaints. The CPSC issues and enforces product safety standards including banning dangerous products. The agency has the authority to investigate dangerous products and issue recalls. The recalls generally require the manufacturers to alert the consumers of their products regarding the known dangers and arrange for free repairs or a refund.
The CPSC also informs and educates “consumers directly and through traditional, online, and social media and by working with foreign, state and local governments and private organizations.”
There is no need to show that a recall was issued to file a Kansas City defective product claim. The existence of a recall does help to verify that an appliance was dangerous, and that the manufacturer should have taken steps to prevent and repair the defects.
What types of injuries do defective appliances cause?
Some of the injuries that a defective household appliance can cause include:
- Burn injuries
- Electrical injuries
- Skin damage
- Respiratory illness
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic amputation/loss of limb
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Many other types of injuries depending on the type of product
Tragically, some defective appliance accidents are fatal.
Who is responsible for a defective appliance in Kansas City?
Our Kansas City defective appliance lawyers file claims against all responsible parties including:
- The manufacturer of the product
- Distributors and wholesalers
- The sellers of the product
- Anyone who repaired the product
We normally file a product liability complaint which requires that we demonstrate that the design, workmanship, or warnings were faulty – and that the faulty product caused your injuries.
Our lawyers work with product safety experts who can explain why the appliance was defective.
How much is my defective appliance claim worth?
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we demand compensation for all your damages to date and all the future damages you incur. Sadly, many victims of defective home appliances suffer permanent scarring, chronic pain, and injuries that require surgery and/or long-term medical care. We demand compensation for your current and future:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and future earning capacity
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of bodily function
- Loss of life’s pleasures
If a loved one (typically a spouse, child, or parent) died due to a defective home appliance, we file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the family members.
Do you have a defective appliance lawyer near me?
Our Kansas City product liability lawyers meet clients at our main office in Kansas City, Missouri. We’re located at 510 Walnut, Suite 100, in the River Market Area. There’s parking nearby. We also maintain offices in Lee’s Summit, Parkville, and St. Joseph, Missouri as well as in Olathe, Overland Park, and Kansas City, Kansas by appointment. If you cannot travel to us, we can make arrangements for a phone or video consultation. We also make home and hospital visits in some circumstances.
There is no fee to speak with us. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. We’ll guide you through each step of the claims process.
Skilled product liability lawyers in Kansas City, MO
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we have been fighting for personal injury victims for 30 years. During that time, we have helped numerous victims and families obtain the full compensation they deserve. We can settle many cases because insurance companies and defense lawyers know we have a strong record of high jury verdicts. We pay attention to all the small details that can add up to large awards. We have the experience and resources to fight the big defense firms.
Call our office at 816-471-5111, start a live chat today, or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation.