Garbage disposals are kitchen appliances that are usually built into the kitchen sink. They contain blades which spin and grind food waste for disposal through the kitchen sink’s pipe system. There are various dangers and risks associated with garbage disposals.
Garbage disposal accidents and injuries can include:
- Risk of electric shock (these usually run on electricity and are usually used when the water is running, which can increase risk of shock)
- Laceration injuries- this can happen if a person’s hand is in the sink and the garbage disposal suddenly engages due to a defect
- Injuries related to bacteria buildup and septic buildup issues
- Various other injuries
Who can be Held Liable for Garbage Disposal Injuries?
In many cases, the manufacturer of a garbage disposal product can be held responsible for injuries caused to users or consumers of the product. For instance, if there is a defect with the product’s switch design that causes it to turn on on its own, the manufacturer may be held liable for injuries under a defective product theory.
In other cases, a person who installed a garbage disposal can be held liable as well, especially if they knew or should have known that the product was installed improperly. This can happen especially in connection with electric shock cases. In these cases, the person may be held liable under a negligence theory of law.
Lastly, a person who is responsible for the safety of the premises can be held liable if they fail to repair a garbage disposal unit that they know or should have known was dangerous. An example of this is where a landlord fails to repair a faulty garbage disposal unit in a rental property. Another related claim is where a commercial property (such as a hotel) fails to post appropriate warning signs near garbage disposal units.
What are the Legal Remedies for Garbage Disposal Injury Cases?
Garbage disposal injuries can be serious and may require legal action. In such claims, the injured party may be entitled to a monetary damages award to compensate them for losses associated with the accident. The damages may cover hospital bills and medical treatment costs, and other losses like lost working wages or a loss of earning capacity.
In cases where a person has negligently contributed to their own injury (such as not exercising proper care when using a garbage disposal), their damages recovery may be limited, reduced, or even completely restricted depending on the facts of the case.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Garbage Disposal Injury Lawsuit?
Garbage disposal accidents can be serious and can result in long-term injury or damage. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with an injury claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice for your situation, and can represent you during the court process.