Cooking range injuries can be severe and even life-threatening. Ranges with inadequate stability could tip-over, crushing or burning a bystander. Gas range leaks and electrical defects could cause fires and explosions. And sometimes glass on a range door can explode, causing cuts and burns.
If you were seriously injured by a stove, oven, or cooking range, it could be the result of a manufacturing defect. You may be able to seek compensation for your injuries with the help of a defective cooking range injury lawyer.
Defective Cooking Ranges
There are a variety of cooking range defects that can cause serious injuries:
A cooking range can develop leaks at different locations, from the piping that delivers the gas to the range, to the knobs that adjust the flow to the burners. For example, the gas may be on even though the knob is in the “OFF” position. A defect in the internal fuel lines, valves, connectors or seals can cause gas to accumulate undetected at dangerous levels, resulting in an explosion or fire, causing severe injuries and property damage. In addition, range knobs that are not designed to require the user to push them in while turning to activate the burner pose a hazard. The knob could be turned to the “ON” position by a small child or inadvertently by an adult.
Cooking ranges should be constructed with adequate weight and stability to prevent them from tipping over. A child attempting to scale the range front could result in the range falling forward, risking injuries from contact with the appliance itself or with hot pots and pans. Well-designed cooking ranges prevent tip-overs.
Glass Door Explosions
Poorly designed and manufactured range doors with glass fronts can explode while ovens are heating, pre-heating, in cleaning mode, or while being opened or standing idle. Defective glass that has not been properly stressed during manufacture can explode into hot shards that cause burns, lacerations, and severe eye injuries. Hundreds of consumers have reported glass failures, many of which describe the door “exploding” violently.
Filing a Product Liability Lawsuit for a Defective Range
Manufacturers have legal responsibilities to their customers. They include a duty to adequately design and manufacture a consumer product, including anticipating the ways consumers could misuse the product. Manufacturers also must clearly warn consumers in a conspicuous location about the dangers associated with their product and the risks of improper use. Others who may be held legally liable in an incident that causes injury or death are the product’s installers and repair or maintenance workers.
If you are seriously injured, preserve the cooking range as much as possible. It may require investigation by an expert to determine the exact cause of your injuries. If our attorneys pursue litigation on your behalf, we may uncover more evidence during the discovery phase of your lawsuit. The other party may be required to hand over evidence about how it made, installed, or maintained products.
Determining the economic and non-economic damages is another aspect of filing a product liability lawsuit. The victim of a defective cooking range incident may incur high medical bills, miss significant time at work, or face permanent disability. What you are compensated for in a product liability case can vary, but some of the damages may be:
- Medical costs
- Physical therapy appointments
- Prescription drug costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Mental and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of convenience
- Loss of consortium (when you have lost a loved one)
Keep all of your receipts and invoices for any costs related to your injuries. Other damages—such as compensation for pain and suffering—are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Some defective products are settled before trial. Others are presented to a jury. We can help you evaluate any settlement offers we receive to make sure you receive fair compensation.
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Do not wait to seek legal help. State laws can limit the amount of time you have to file a product liability lawsuit through the statute of limitations. These time limits vary by state and by the type of claim. Once the statute of limitations expires, an injured consumer is not able to file a lawsuit to seek compensation.
We represent product liability cases on a contingency basis. You do not need to worry about paying out-of-pocket legal fees because our attorneys receive compensation from a portion of your settlement or jury award.
Newsome Melton has a nationwide practice handling defective product cases, wrongful death lawsuits, and other civil litigation cases. We help injured consumers seek justice when harmed by dangerous and defective products.
Call 888-808-5977 now to schedule your free case evaluation with a defective cooking range injury lawyer.