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Residential Elevators Recalled after Child Sustains Catastrophic Brain Injury

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall, on March 19, 2015, of approximately 240 Coastal Carolina Elmira Hydraulic Elevators, which are intended for use in homes with multiple levels, after a ten-year-old child suffered a catastrophic brain injury when one of the elevators malfunctioned. The recalled elevators are fitted with manual accordion-style gate doors and should not be able to operate while the gate doors are open. Due to a defect in design or manufacture, however, the elevators are capable of operating while the gate doors are open, creating a crushing hazard to users.

Dangerous and defective products have the potential to cause serious injury and death. The Killino Firm’s defective-products lawyers have extensive experience with cases arising out of injuries and deaths caused by defective products. If you have been injured or one of your loved ones has been killed in this manner, contact The Killino Firm for more information about your legal rights and options.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Injuries and Deaths Caused by Defects in These Elevators?

child brain injuryConsumers depend on manufacturers to produce and release to the marketplace only those products that are reasonably safe for consumers’ use. Products-liability law provides a remedy for consumers who have been injured through their use of or exposure to defective products. When an injury or death is found to have been caused by a particular type of product defect, the product’s manufacturer and others in the chain of the product’s production and distribution may be held strictly liable (without proof of negligence) for the damages suffered by the injured person or deceased person’s survivors as a result.

The types of product “defects” that can result in such strict liability are defects in a product’s design, manufacture, or warnings that render the product unreasonably dangerous. A product with a design defect, for example, is a product that is designed to be made in such a way that it is unreasonably dangerous for consumers’ use even if manufactured in strict compliance with its design, while a product with a manufacturing defect may be one that is made in non-compliance with a safe design. An elevator that operates while its doors are open, creating a risk of serious injury or death to users, may be found defective in either design or manufacture and result in the liability of the manufacturer and others involved in its production and distribution for injuries determined to have been caused by that particular defect.

Obtain Legal Assistance from The Killino Firm, P.C.

The Killino Firm West Palm has been recognized around the country for its dedication to obtaining justice for people who have been injured or killed through use of or exposure to defective and dangerous products. If you have been injured or one of your family members has died due to a defective product, The Killino Firm can help you secure the compensation you deserve from the parties responsible for your injury or loved one’s death.

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Date published: 03/05/2015
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