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Plumber Killed by Defective Electric Range

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

California accident lawyer, California injury attorneyIn August 2016, a plumber from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was killed after being electrocuted by an electric oven and stove range. This prompted an investigation into the cause of the 52-year-old’s death, which led to the discovery that this make of Blomberg and Summit electric ranges were not properly grounded. These electric ranges can become energized, leading to shocks and electrocution. Now, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Arçelik A.S. of Turkey, and Beko US are recalling 6,300 of these ranges, offering a free repair. The black or stainless steel freestanding, glass top, electric ranges affected have the model names:

  • Blomberg BERU 24200 SS;
  • Blomberg BERU 24100 SS; and
  • Summit CLRE24.

These ranges were sold by stores and Amazon.com across the U.S. between October 2012 and March 2017.

Your Rights When Hurt by a Defective Product

If you or a loved one was injured after coming into contact with a defective product like an ungrounded range, then you may have the right to recover compensation for your:

  • Medical costs;
  • Reduced earning capacity;
  • Physical pain;
  • Mental anguish; and
  • Physical limitations.

However, to do so, you may need the help of an experienced product liability attorney who can guide you through the process of an insurance claim or lawsuit. When you are injured by a defective product, you must determine which legal theory your product liability should be based on and the type of defect you intend to prove.

Types of Defects

There are three commonly recognized types of defects that may have led to your injuries:

  • Design defect: In a design defect, the product was designed or planned in such a way that it is inherently dangerous when used as intended. You would need to prove that the item could have been designed in a safer way.
  • Manufacturing defect: For a manufacturing defect, the item was not created or produced in accordance with design specifications and this error makes it dangerous. Something during the manufacturing or assembly process went wrong, which could have affected one or millions of units of a product. This is the type of defect affecting the electric ranges discussed above. They were not designed poorly, but instead a missing screw caused them to be ungrounded, which led to the hazard.
  • Lack of warning: Many products come with risks associated with their intended use. These risks cannot be avoided with any better design so instead, the manufacturer or seller includes proper instructions or warnings for users to follow. A defect claim can be based on the fact that a product did not come with the instructions or warnings it should have.

Product Liability Legal Theories

Many product liability claims are based on the allegations that the designer, manufacturer, assembler, or seller was negligent, which caused the defect that led to your injuries. However, not all product liability claims are based on negligence. They can also be based on strict liability, misrepresentation, or breach of an express or implied warranty.

Contact Us for Help

To learn more about each of these theories, including which is most appropriate for your situation and how each may affect your financial recovery, contact the skilled San Jose product liability lawyers of the Jachimowicz Law Group at 408-246-5500 to schedule your first meeting with our firm.




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