Stoves are a common large household appliance that can often be associated with various types of accidents and injuries. In particular, stove fires are common and a main cause of many incidents in homes every year. Some stoves may be subject to recalls due to defects that cause dangerous conditions in the home. Stove accidents can often result in:
- Burn injuries
- Carbon monoxide poisoning (especially with gas stoves)
- Property damage
- Various other injuries and accident situations
Stove accidents can be particularly serious if the homeowners are sleeping or are away from their home, as this can cause major property damage and/or serious injuries.
Who can be Held Liable for Stove Accidents and Injuries?
Stove accidents can vary in nature; however many stove accidents are caused by a defect with the product. In such cases, the manufacturer of a stove product can be held liable for injuries or property damage if the defect was a direct cause of the accident. Some common stove defects include:
- Stoves turning on automatically (without the operator turning any knobs)
- Knobs getting stuck in the “On” position, which prevents the stove from being turned off
- Spontaneous combustion issues
- Abnormally hot surfaces or parts
These types of defects are usually the result of a design defect or a manufacturing defect. In such cases, the stove may be subject to a recall, and legal action is often filed against the manufacturer if consumers have been injured. In some instances, a retailer may be held liable if it can be shown that they knowingly sold or distributed stove models that were already subject to a stove recall.
What are the Legal Remedies for Stove Injury Claims?
Stove injury legal claims that are based on a product liability theory will typically be resolved through a monetary damages award. The damages award is issued to the injured party to compensate them for losses associated with medical costs, property repairs, and other expenses. In some instances, a defective stove lawsuit may be filed as a class action suit if many consumers have been injured by the same product model.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Stove Accident Lawsuit?
Stove accident lawsuits can be complex and can involve many different product and consumer laws. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a legal claim. Your attorney can provide you with advice and representation for your case during the process.