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What are Fall Hazards?
“Fall hazard” is a term used in product liability law to describe products that pose a risk of falling for the user or consumer. These are often products that involve the user sitting or riding on the product, placing them at an elevated height above the ground. Or, it can refer to hazards and risks that interfere with the person’s walking, running, moving, or standing.
Products that create fall hazards can pose risks of serious injury. These injuries can include head, neck, and back injuries, as well as spine injuries. They can also involve broken bones, joint injuries, and other similar injuries.
What are Some Products Commonly Associated with Fall Hazards?
Certain products are more associated with fall hazards than others. As mentioned, these typically include products that involve sitting, riding, or elevation:
- Ladders and other climbing devices
- Chairs, stools, and other sitting implements
- Strollers and other defective children’s products
- Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, electric skateboards, motorcycles and other products
Thus, many different types of products can involve fall hazards. Fall hazards can also result from products that have defects with supporting structures, pegs, stability mechanisms, and other aspects of the product.
Are There any Legal Remedies for Fall Hazard Claims?
Products that create actual fall injuries can be the subject of a lawsuit. These will often involve legal theories such as design defects, warning defects, or manufacturing defects. These can result in a lawsuit, where the injured party or parties are issued a monetary damages award for their losses. These damages will typically cover losses such as medical expenses, hospital bills, any property damage, and other costs.
Some fall hazard issues can create a product recall for issues that might affect large sectors of the consumer population.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Assistance with a Fall Hazard Lawsuit?
Products that create fall hazards can pose significant risks and injuries to consumers. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with a product liability claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal research and guidance for your legal claim. Also, if you need to file with the court, or make any appearances for hearings, your attorney can provide representation for you as well.
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Last Modified: 06-01-2016 11:18 AM PDT
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