Despite extensive pre-market testing, some unsafe products reach the market where consumers suffer unexpected, and sometimes serious, injury.
Late last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, prohibiting travelers from carrying the phones on their person, in their hand luggage or in checked baggage – even if they were powered down. Samsung recalled the phones after a number of reports of injury caused by exploding, igniting and smoking phones.
The DOT took a comprehensive stance on the Note 7, stating that the consequences of even a small fire on a commercial aircraft could have dire consequences for hundreds of passengers. The Note 7 was implicated in a number of incidents in which the phone caught fire and burned or exploded. Consumers suffered injuries including serious burns on the legs, face and hands, smoke inhalation and damage to their property. The issues are attributed to the ion-lithium battery in the phone.
When the Note 7 problems began, Samsung initially offered a swap-out program, using a battery from an alternative source. When those started smoking too, Samsung issued a comprehensive recall/refund on the defective product. The company has since ceased production of the faulty phones altogether.
When a company designs, manufactures, distributes and/or markets an unsafe product, and consumers are injured, the manufacturer, distributor and retail venues all may be held legally responsible for injuries.
Dozens of product liability cases have found their way to courtrooms around the country, as Samsung users prove the Note 7 caused injuries to their person and property.
Consumers have a right to safe commercial products. If you’ve been injured by a defective or unsafe product, you have the right to pursue a product liability lawsuit. You may be eligible to win compensation for your injuries, and you may help prevent the next injury, as well. Call a Colorado Product Liability Attorney at Burg Simpson at 303-792-5595 or contact us online to schedule your FREE Case Evaluation in our Denver office.