Perhaps your son broke his arm when the newly repaired brakes failed on his bike? Maybe you burned your hands when your new toaster exploded? Or maybe your hyper-fit husband suffered a serious injury to his muscles and ligaments as a result of a piece of malfunctioning fitness or gym equipment?
There are many situations in which innocent victims suffer pain and injury because of defective or faulty products. One recent example is the scandal over the PiP breast implants – you can find out more about this in our breast implant section.
Other examples include:
- Toxic sofas and faulty furniture
- Faulty pharmaceutical products
- Defective medical devices
- Defective vehicles
- Contaminated food
Claiming for a faulty product
While most goods and products supplied to consumers in the UK are perfectly safe, those that are faulty can have a devastating impact on the people who are exposed to them.
If you or a loved one has suffered an illness or injury as a result of a defective product, then you could be entitled to claim compensation. It can be heartening to know, also, that in doing so you may also help to prevent someone else becoming ill or injured in the same way.
The Consumer Protection Act 1987
The Consumer Protection Act is the major statutory instrument protecting UK consumers from personal injury caused by defective goods. The Act imposes many obligations, including the requirement that the manufacturers and sellers of goods ensure they are safe and fit for purpose. Usually, in cases involving a product manufactured outside of the European Union the claim is made against the company that imported it into the UK.
Despite the many protections provided by the Act, things can and do go wrong. If you have suffered personal injury through no fault of your own, you may have a legal right to claim compensation. You can speak to Thompsons personal injury solicitors in Scotland today about the possibility of upholding this right.
Contact a product liability claims lawyer in Scotland
Thompsons' solicitors are compensation claim experts. We have been recognised as being among the leading personal injury law firms in the country and have an excellent success rate, winning over 90% of our personal injury cases.
Making a claim for compensation can be a daunting prospect, but our experienced consumer claim lawyers will be able to guide you through the process and advise you on the best way forward.