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Faulty and dangerous Christmas presents

Good morning. All that fuss and Christmas fun and it’s all over for another year. I hope you all had a great and accident free Christmas.

As the seasons change and regular annual events take place we do find that we receive enquiries about accident claims that match up with those seasons and events. With winter generally there are those accidents that you might expect, like car collisions caused by wet or icy roads and perhaps driver errors due to driving more in the dark. There are also more nasty slips and trips for the same reasons. The really snowy and icy conditions of the last two winters have certainly been tough for drivers and pedestrians alike. Thankfully, this winter has been much kinder, although who can tell what the rest of the winter will be like?

Around Christmas time we receive injury compensation enquiries about accidents caused by all of those normal winter scenarios, but there is one type of claim that is also very specific to Christmas time and that is where injuries are caused by faulty and/or dangerous goods. The most high profile of these are the ones that involve toys and injuries to children. These cases are pretty rare now because of the well established and policed consumer protection laws and regulations, but any faulty product can be an accident risk.

We have had many varied cases involving faulty goods over the years and these are known collectively as product liability claims. If you look you will see that we have devoted a whole page of our website to those claims under the “Causes of Injury” tab. I won’t repeat it all here, but you will see that these cases have their own foibles.

Modern developments in consumer habits have also given fresh challenges to bringing claims like these. For example, where goods have been bought second hand, say from ebay or gumtree or even a car boot sale, does the purchaser still have the same rights against the original manufacturer or importer if the product is faulty? The answer to that is not simple.

If you have been injured by a faulty product then these factors might be important. For now, keep the product and packaging and all proof of purchase and seek some legal advice on your rights. You can call our free phone or just click on our free case evaluation button below and provide us with a few details. There is no obligation, we will talk it through with you and consider what your rights and options are.

That’s me finished for now, but 2012 looks like being an interesting year, what with the Olympics and the Jubilee to look forward to.

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