When a product causes electrical shock injuries or electrocution, it will be important to prove that it was the result of a defect in the product if filing a product liability claim. This can be done in a few ways.
Establishing Liability in a Defective Product Case
The first way is by providing a defect in the design of the product. Product designers and manufacturers could be liable for injuries caused by an error or flaw in the actual designing or manufacturing of the product.
An example of a defect in design is using wires that are too small for the power source. This could result in a fire. Meanwhile, manufacturers who fail to follow specifications from the product design could be liable for any injuries resulting from the product defect.
If there was a risk of electrical shock or electrocution but that information wasn’t provided in or on the packaging or instructions, liability could include the manufacturer or supplier responsible for posting or including these warnings.
Other important elements will be establishing that the product was used as it was supposed to be used, and that serious or fatal injuries sustained were directly connected to the defect.
There are a variety of defective products that could result in electrical shock and electrocution injuries:
- power strips; and
- electrical equipment.
Consult an attorney at The Miley Legal Group to review the details of your case and discuss filing a product liability claim.