According to KDKA-TV out of Pittsburgh, Ravin Crossbows has issued a recall on a part that comes with some of its products. Specifically, the arrow nocks on some of the company’s crossbows have been recalled. The nocks are made of white plastic and clip onto the bow.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has stated that if the recalled nocks are not engaged with the bowstring, crossbows may not discharge when the user pulls the trigger. As the arrow is re-nocked, the bow may suddenly discharge.
For those who are not familiar with crossbows, the nock is located at the end of the arrow. To function properly, the nock should fit snugly on the arrow and must engage with the string of the crossbow. Otherwise, the energy that is normally transferred from the bow to the arrow will be lost. The arrow depends on the cord to release it from the crossbow.
Crossbows are used by many hunting enthusiasts. Depending on the model of the crossbow and the experience of the individual using it, crossbows may be used to hunt a variety of animals, such as deer, turkey, and even larger animals such as moose and bear.
There have been over 40 separate reports of malfunctioning arrow nocks. Twenty-three finger injuries have been reported, and, according to the CPSC, six of these injuries were serious.
Those who have purchased these arrow nocks should immediately cease using them. Ravin Crossbows has agreed to provide free replacements to consumers who purchased the recalled arrow nocks.
The defective arrow nocks were sold in multiple packages—by themselves in packs of 12, or included in purchases of Ravin arrows and Ravin crossbows. Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Bass Pro Shops are a few of the retailers that sold the arrow nocks.
Products Liability Claims Are Often Complex
If you were injured by the arrow nocks produced by Ravin Crossbows, you should seek guidance from an experienced products liability attorney as soon as possible so that you understand your legal rights. With every type of legal claim, there is a deadline called the statute of limitations. Generally, if a claimant does not file a claim within the applicable statute of limitations, the claimant forever loses the right to recover damages from the individual or entity he alleges has caused his harm. Therefore, to ensure you are aware of all applicable deadlines in your case, and to ensure that you do not lose your right to file a claim, you should consult with an attorney.
To prevail in a products liability claim, a claimant must support several legal elements with objective evidence.
First, the claimant must prove that the product is actually defective. There are a number of ways that a product may be defective.
The most common types of defects are:
- Manufacturing defects: With a manufacturing defect, the claimant alleges that something went wrong as the item was being produced. For example, perhaps coffee cups were damaged in a factory and were sold to the public with cracked handles.
- Design defects: If a claimant accuses the manufacturer of selling a product with a design defect, the claimant alleges that there is an issue inherent in the product itself. Essentially, the claimant alleges that the product is harmful because of the way it is designed. These claims are more difficult to pursue in court, as they require careful analysis of the design of the product. An example of a design defect would be children’s teething toys that were produced with a toxic coating.
- The failure to warn, also called a marketing defect, is another type of products liability claim. With the failure to warn, the claimant alleges that a company did not provide proper warning or instruction about possible risks. For example, consider a set of dishes that should not be microwaved. If no warning was provided with the dishes, and a consumer used them in the microwave and was injured, the consumer would have a strong claim against the manufacturer.
Products liability claims are not limited to a single type of defect. It is not unusual for products to contain more than one type of defect.
The claimant must also prove that the defect in the product is what caused the injury. A clear causal relationship must be established between the defective product and the injuries the claimant suffered. For example, consider a pressure cooker that is defective and explodes, injuring the consumer. The consumer would likely be able to recover damages for injuries such as cuts, scrapes, and bruises. However, if the consumer tries to claim that the exploding pressure cooker also caused back pain that dates back several years, the claim would likely fail.
It must also be shown that the product was being used as intended by the manufacturer. If the product was not being used as intended, the claimant may have a difficult time pursuing a products liability case. For example, consider an adult trying to use a child’s chair as a stepstool. The chair is certainly not intended to support such weight, and when the adult falls and injures himself, the manufacturer would raise this defense.
Finally, the claimant must explicitly support any damages he or she is claiming in a products liability lawsuit. It must be shown that the claimant did suffer damages and that those damages are related to the defective product. For example, if a woman is in the same room as a tea kettle when it explodes, but suffers no injury from the flying pieces or from the hot water, she would have a difficult time claiming damages beyond the cost of the product itself.
Examples of damages include:
- Medical bills, such as ambulance bills, emergency room bills, surgical bills, physical therapy bills, and other types of medical expenses.
- Lost wages, if the claimant was forced to miss work to recover from his or her injuries.
- Pain and suffering, which compensates an injured victim for the harm he or she has suffered. Pain and suffering may include damages for physical pain and emotional distress.
- The cost of future medical care, which may be necessary for some victims if they must undergo a great deal of physical therapy or surgeries in the future.
- Loss of consortium, which generally compensates the family members of victims for the harm their relationships have suffered. For example, perhaps a parent is no longer able to care for their child due to their injury.
These are just a few examples of the damages that may be available in a products liability claim. Depending on the circumstances of the case, several types of damages may be awarded to an injured party. To maximize your recovery in a products liability case, you should consult with an experienced products liability attorney.
If a faulty product injured you, your loved one or someone you know, contact Parker Waichman LLC today.
If you sustained injuries from Ravin Crossbows’ arrow nocks or another defective product, contact the experienced products liability attorneys at Parker Waichman LLC as quickly as possible. Our Ravin Crossbow Arrow Defects Attorneys will carefully evaluate your case and, if you retain our services, will devote our resources and talents to your recovery. To receive your free consultation with our experienced legal team, call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).