British Columbia Product Liability Lawyers
No one expects to sustain injuries simply by using commonplace household appliances, recreational items, sporting equipment, or other everyday, non-commercial consumer products. Most people presume that the items they have purchased from retail stores in British Columbia or other online vendors will be safe for their personal use, especially after reading and complying with any included safety instructions and warnings. Unfortunately, in some situations, the use of a seemingly normal, harmless product could have disastrous consequences.
Across the country, companies that manufacture, import, sell, advertise, package, label, or test non-commercial consumer products are required to comply with the national safety regulations mandated by the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). This piece of legislation is designed to hold businesses accountable for the safety of their products, thereby reducing the risk of harm to human health posed by unsafe consumer items. The CCPSA legislates safety measures and protocols for businesses focusing on:
- Domestic items (e.g. appliances, furniture, etc.)
- Recreational items (e.g. children’s toys, games, etc.)
- Sports items (e.g. equipment, gear, safety pads, etc.)
- And possibly more
Despite the robust safety measures imposed on businesses and manufacturers, occasionally defective, potentially dangerous products are released for sale to the general public. When this occurs, unsuspecting consumers could unwittingly purchase a product that causes them to sustain severe injuries. Depending on the product and the manner in which it is used, a defective item could even lead to a consumer’s death.
If a defective product makes its way through the supply chain and onto the shelves of local retailers, it is rarely a one-time occurrence or freak accident. Instead, it is likely that, because of negligence somewhere along the chain of production, multiple units of the product have the same dangerous flaw. Unfortunately, by the time manufacturers become aware of the issue with the item they have distributed for sale, it is often too late. Many people might become injured or lose their lives before the manufacturer of a dangerous product knows that anything is wrong.
Throughout the production chain, negligence can occur at multiple stages. A defective non-commercial consumer item might be the product of:
- Flawed design
- Errors in the manufacturing process
- Improperly conducted safety testing
- Incomplete safety inspections
- And more
Additionally, the product’s packaging and/or safety instructions might include inaccuracies, errors, or improperly worded warnings that might not sufficiently communicate the dangers of improper use. This failure to accurately articulate the risks associated with the product could also be considered negligence.
Furthermore, if a product manufacturer knows that their items are potentially unsafe for use or pose a risk to consumers’ health and physical well-being, they have a duty to take swift and immediate action to try safeguarding as many potential consumers against injuries or fatalities. These actions might include informing their distributors and any outlets that might make the product available for sale, as well as informing Health Canada who could then initiate a cross-country recall.
If you were injured while using a product in accordance with its included safety instructions, it is important to report the incident to Health Canada. Doing so could help trigger a nationwide recall to prevent additional victims from sustaining injuries in the future.
On top of that, after being harmed by a defective product, it might also be beneficial to discuss your incident with our British Columbia product liability lawyers. By taking advantage of a free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers, you could learn if you might be entitled to compensation for damages you have incurred as a result of being injured. To discuss your case today, contact our product liability lawyers online or call 1-800-JUSTICE.
How Much Compensation Might Be Available?
Injury-causing accidents resulting from the use of an ordinary consumer product can be shocking and traumatizing. Oftentimes, people who have been injured by defective products in British Columbia require hospitalization, invasive surgeries, physical rehabilitation, psychiatric counseling, and other forms of expensive treatment in order to fully recover from their physical and psychological wounds.
Nothing can prepare someone for an accident caused by a defective product. In an instant, a person can go from engaging in a normal, everyday activity to fighting for their lives in a medical facility. Depending on the severity of the injuries they have sustained, accident victims who have been injured by defective products could be required to go to great personal expense to afford the proper care required to fully heal. Many injured accident victims do not have a disposable income to cover the out-of-pocket costs required to treat their newly acquired medical condition, especially if they are no longer able to work as a result of the injuries they have sustained. In these types of situations, injured accident victims could accrue substantial debts while they are already facing economic insecurity due to their inability to continue working.
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we believe that no one should be forced to pay the price for someone else’s negligence. Our British Columbia product liability lawyers fight on behalf of people across the province who have been seriously injured because of a product manufacturer’s failure to fulfill the duty of care they owed to the public.
If you are eligible to pursue a civil claim against the at-fault product manufacturer whose negligence caused you to sustain injuries in an accident caused by their defective commercial item, our product liability lawyers serving British Columbia might be able to help you recover compensation for:
- Lost wages due to missed work
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Prescription drugs
- Ambulance costs
- Medical equipment
- Mobility devices
- Psychological counseling
- Adjusted living expenses
- Attendant care / live-in assistance
- Pain and suffering
- Mileage to and from medical appointments
- Home renovations to accommodate new disabilities
- Housekeeping services
- Other medical expenses
- And possibly more
During a free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers, our British Columbia product liability lawyers may be able to help you determine the total cost of pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages to which you might be entitled. To learn more, call 1-800-JUSTICE today.
Speak with Our Product Liability Lawyers Serving British Columbia
No one should be forced to suffer the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of a product manufacturer’s negligence. If you were injured by a defective product, contact our British Columbia product liability lawyers to receive personalized legal advice during a free initial consultation. Call 1-800-JUSTICE to learn more about how our product liability lawyers serving British Columbia may be able to help you.