Did Any of Your Holiday Gifts Cause Injuries?

Did Any of Your Holiday Gifts Cause Injuries?

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January 21, 2020
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The holidays are all about getting together with family and friends, sharing delicious meals, and exchanging heartfelt gifts with loved ones. Sometimes, however, these gifts – in spite of our best efforts – end up causing their recipients to be harmed. When manufacturers sell dangerous (or potentially dangerous) consumer goods, they put everyone who comes in contact with those products at risk. If you or your loved one was injured by a holiday gift this year, consult with an experienced Michigan personal injury attorney today.

Defective Holiday Gifts

While nearly any kind of consumer product can be dangerously defective, there are certain types of defects that are most common, including:

  • Design Defects – When a product’s design is defective, it means that it is manufactured with a flaw that’s built directly into it (by design). While manufacturers obviously don’t intend to design products that are harmful, they sometimes cut corners regarding the speed of production and design safety that don’t allow for adequate safety and quality control assurances. 
  • Manufacturing Defect – A manufacturing defect means that something went wrong in manufacturing the product that leaves it dangerous. For example, a prepackaged food item can be contaminated during processing or a toy can be faultily assembled. 
  • Inadequate Warning – Sometimes, a product is dangerous when it’s not used properly, and the manufacturer is responsible for warning consumers about the inherent dangers and the precautions necessary to prevent accidents. When such warnings are not forthcoming, unsuspecting consumers can be injured.  

Gifts Most Likely to Cause Injury

Nearly any consumer good can lead to injury, but there are specific categories that are far more likely to do so, including:

  • Food – Food makes a lovely holiday gift, but food that’s been contaminated with toxins or foreign objects in the manufacturing process can be especially dangerous. 
  • Clothing – Clothing is always a popular gift, but clothing can be dangerously defective. For example, the fabric can lack the necessary fire resistance; shoes and other footwear can lack appropriate traction; the fabric can incorporate skin irritants; buttons, zippers, and other closures can pose choking hazards; and more.
  • Toys and Games – Children love toys and games, which makes them a holiday favorite. The fact is, however, that when these gifts are defective, they can be extremely dangerous. Children are vulnerable to accidents and injuries, and when a toy or game incorporates a choking hazard, toxic paint, or any other defect, it can cause serious injuries.  

If You’ve Been Injured by a Holiday Gift, an Experienced Michigan Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

When we think about the holidays, we think about spending quality time with our families and other loved ones – not about being injured by a defective holiday gift. If you have been injured by a gift you’ve received this holiday season, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Nickola Law in Michigan are committed to guiding your case toward its most positive outcome and the compensation to which you are entitled. Our dedicated legal team is on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.  

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