Steam Humidifiers Withdrawn Due to Elevated Fire Risk
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall for over 36,000 steam humidifiers, sold between 2010 and 2015, due to the identified risk of fire hazards.
The humidifiers being recalled have a distinctive “D” shaped electrode wire that can loosen, which could lead to arcing or overheating, according to CPSC. To date, the manufacturer has been notified of 103 instances of the humidifiers overheating, including 10 incidents that resulted in an estimated $10 million in fire and smoke damage.
The recalled models include:
- AprilAire® models 800, 801, 865, 866
- Carrier® model HUMXXSTM3034
- Bryant® model HUMXXSTM3034
- York® model S1-STEAM 8000T01
- Coleman® model S1-STEAM 8000T01
- Luxaire® model S1-STEAM 8000T01
These models were distributed through HVAC contractors nationwide and sold online at prices ranging between $2,000 and $3,500, as per the CPSC.
Consumers possessing the recalled humidifiers are strongly encouraged to switch off the devices and reach out to Research Products at 888-742-2401 or visit their website to obtain a complimentary electrode wire repair kit. Assistance in finding a contractor for cost-free installation of the repair kit is also provided.
Pursuing a Product Liability Lawsuit
If you have suffered property damage or personal injury as a result of using these recalled products, it might be essential for you to initiate a product liability lawsuit. The procedure can be complicated, and it necessitates the involvement of an experienced product liability attorney to ensure your rights are safeguarded.
Filing Your Product Liability Lawsuit
Filing a product liability lawsuit involves a multi-step process. Here is a detailed description of the steps to be taken:
- Seek Medical Treatment: If you have been injured due to a faulty product, the first thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention. Not only is this necessary for your health, but it also creates a record of your injuries, which can be crucial when making your case.
- Preserve the Product and Evidence: If possible, keep the defective product and any associated packaging or instructions. This will serve as physical evidence in your case. Also, gather any other evidence related to your claim, such as photographs of your injuries, medical records, and receipts for any related expenses.
- Consult a Product Liability Attorney: Product liability law is complex, and these cases can be difficult to win without professional help. An experienced attorney can help determine whether you have a viable case, identify all potential defendants, and explain your options.
- Investigation and Research: Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation into the case. This could involve researching similar cases, consulting with product safety experts, obtaining company records, and more. The purpose of this step is to gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim.
- Filing the Lawsuit: If your attorney concludes that you have a viable case, they will file a lawsuit on your behalf. This typically involves drafting and filing a legal document called a complaint, which outlines your claims against the defendant(s) and the compensation you are seeking.
- Discovery: This is the phase where each side gathers information from the other. Both parties can request documents, depose witnesses, and perform other investigatory actions.
- Negotiations and Settlement: Many product liability cases are settled out of court. If the defendant(s) offer a settlement, your attorney will help you evaluate the offer and decide whether to accept it or negotiate for a better deal.
- Trial: If a settlement can’t be reached, the case will proceed to trial. Here, your attorney will present your case to the jury, call and cross-examine witnesses, and make closing arguments. The jury (or judge, in a bench trial) will then decide whether the defendant is liable and, if so, how much compensation you should receive.
- Post-Trial Motions and Appeals: After a verdict is rendered, either side can file post-trial motions, such as a motion for a new trial or a motion to reduce the amount of the judgment. Additionally, either side can appeal the decision to a higher court.
- Collection: If you win your case and the defendant is ordered to pay you compensation, the final step is collecting that money. Your attorney can guide you through this often complicated process.
Choosing the right legal representation is a crucial aspect of this process. Parker Waichman LLP, with its proven track record and expertise in product liability lawsuits, would be an excellent choice to guide you through these steps. You can reach them at their national toll-free number 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to start discussing your potential claim.
Selecting a Product Liability Attorney
When selecting a legal representative, it is crucial to consider their experience, resources, and case history. Parker Waichman LLP, a renowned firm specializing in civil lawsuits, is an excellent choice. They possess a deep understanding of product liability law and a demonstrated commitment to advocating for their clients.
Why Parker Waichman LLP is an Optimal Choice
Parker Waichman LLP stands out for its thorough case evaluations, in-depth investigations, and expert legal representation. The firm has a proven track record of securing positive settlements and jury verdicts and is equipped to handle appeals, if necessary.
CONTACT PARKER WAICHMAN LLP FOR A FREE CASE REVIEW
Parker Waichman LLP helps families recover monetary compensation for harm or substantial property loss caused by the recalled humidifiers. Don’t hesitate to assert your legal rights. Contact Parker Waichman LLP immediately at their national toll-free number 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to discuss your potential product liability claim.
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