In 2016, there were malfunctions detected in hoverboards that resulted in serious injuries for people who used them. If you were injured by a hoverboard malfunction or any kind of product malfunction, consider talking with an experienced Oklahoma product liability lawyer.
Hoverboard Malfunctions on the Rise
In 2016, over 500,000 hoverboard scooters were recalled by the manufacturer because nearly all of these products were either catching on fire or causing full-blown explosions. Hoverboards had grown in popularity by this time and many parents were probably upset with these findings. The manufacturer responded by swiftly removing their hoverboard products from stores to avoid potential lawsuits.
Overall, there were 99 instances of the battery packs exploding or catching on fire with personal injuries and property damage as a result. Explosions can result in all kinds of personal injuries like broken bones, soft tissue injuries, and severe lacerations to the skin. Burn injuries can also be common and come with the risk of infection. Depending on how big the explosion is and how close people are to the explosion, some people may suffer facial deformities, eye damage with possible blindness, or lost fingers.
This is why it was advised for owners of these products to return them to the manufacturer and demand a refund. Hoverboards are not cheap and can go for around $350 at the cheapest.
Your Rights Under Product Liability Law
You might be wondering what your rights are if you suffered injuries from a defective hoverboard. Product liability laws protect you in the event that a defective product directly injures you. This means you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the product manufacturer if you can prove a product defect, the injuries or damages you endured, and that the product is what caused those injuries or damages.
Product defects are broken down into three basic categories. Design defects, which is the case with the exploding hoverboard batteries, exist before the product is made. These defects exist at the core of the product and represent a flaw in the design itself. Manufacturing defects happen during the mass production of each product, which means not all of the same product may be flawed. Marketing defects involve a failure to warn consumers of potential hazards or dangers of using the product in certain ways. For example, laser pointers tend to have a bright yellow sticker that tells you not to shine the laser in your eye.
Product Liability Attorney in Oklahoma
Dealing with the financial losses of personal injuries on top of the money you wasted on a defective product can be frustrating. Try consulting with an Oklahoma product liability attorney if a defective product caused injuries to you or your child. Depending on the damages, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. All you have to do is call the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds at (405) 721-9500 for a free consultation today.