While the bathroom is typically the most dangerous room in a house, the kitchen is a close second. Anything from burn injuries caused by a hot stove to lacerations sustained while chopping vegetables can happen in a kitchen. Using reasonable care can help you avoid some types of kitchen injuries. However, when a kitchen appliance or other product is defective, there is probably nothing you can do to avoid getting hurt. Injuries caused by defective kitchen products can be severe. They often involve explosions, gases, or fires, all of which can be extremely harmful or even lethal. If you were injured due to a defective product, you will need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to financial compensation.
Which Kitchen Products Are Most Likely to be Defective and Dangerous?
You might have heard a commonly cited statistic that you are more likely to be killed by a defective toaster than a shark. This is very true. But toasters are just one of many kitchen appliances that can become deadly when they have a defect. A few kitchen products that could become very dangerous if defective include:
Gas stoves – Electric stoves are generally safer than gas stoves. The major risk with gas stoves is that there could be a gas leak. Gas leaks can be dangerous in multiple ways. Simply breathing in the gas could be harmful or fatal. Or, if ignited, a gas leak could result in an explosion or major fire.
Toasters – Fire and electrocution are the major dangers when it comes to defective toasters.
Refrigerators – Food must be stored within a very specific temperature range to limit the growth of bacteria and avoid spoilage. A poorly designed or defectively manufactured refrigerator may have warmer spots that are outside of the safe range, or the entire refrigerator may fail to stay cold enough. Users may not notice these slight temperature problems that could lead to food poisoning.
Dishwashers – The combination of water and electricity can be problematic if there is any type of leak or poorly placed wiring. This can cause electric shock injuries.
Microwaves – Fire is the likely source of danger when a microwave is defective. Microwave doors have been known to shatter abruptly, allowing fire to spread.
If you experience a burn, shock, or other injury caused by a defective kitchen appliance, seek prompt medical attention and then reach out to a lawyer.
Contact a Kane County Product Liability Attorney
Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. is experienced in helping people who have been injured by a defective kitchen appliance recover compensation. Our skilled Aurora product liability lawyers will help investigate the cause of your injury to help prove your case. Call 630-907-0909 for a free consultation.