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Serious Accidents Can Happen at Home

Home is a place where people should feel safe and not be concerned about sustaining injuries in a preventable accident. Unfortunately, every year, thousands of Americans are seriously injured in accidents that occur in their homes. In some cases, these accidents are the result of simple clumsiness or carelessness on the part of victims, but they can also occur because of the negligence of others. When someone else is as fault for an injury-causing accident, victims are often able to recover for their injuries and other losses by filing a Florida personal injury claim.

When an accident occurs at home, it may be easy to assume that it was the victim’s fault and dismiss the idea of filing a claim to recover damages. In many instances, however, home accidents are caused by negligence product design or home construction, so it is imperative for victims to have the circumstances of their case evaluated by an attorney who is familiar with representing individuals injured in preventable accidents. To discuss your case with an experienced Clearwater personal injury lawyer, call the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA today at (727) 451-6900.

Consumer products can cause serious injury

Defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed consumer products are one of the most common causes of in-home injuries. The average American uses hundreds of products each day, sometimes without even realizing it. Some of the consumer products that regularly cause injury include the following:

  • Hair dryers
  • Space heaters
  • Power tools
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Laptop batteries
  • Lamps
  • Furniture
  • Cooking equipment
  • Televisions
  • Large appliances

General products liability[1] principles allow people injured by defective consumer products to recover, but also places time limits on the amount of time victims have to file a claim. As a result, anyone injured by a consumer product should retain legal counsel as soon as possible after an accident occurs.

In some cases, a consumer product may be subject to a recall initiated by the manufacturer or the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).[2] If a company is aware of a defect with a particular product and fails to initiate a recall, it may be subject to additional legal liability for any injuries that occur. Consumers who are injured by a product should check the agency’s website in order to determine whether the product has been recalled.

Defective building design or construction can also cause serious injury

Sometimes, injuries occur due to a defect in the way a person’s home was designed or constructed. Common examples of the kinds of conditions that could be the result of these kinds of defects include:

  • Faulty electrical wiring
  • Collapsing balconies
  • Cracked pavement
  • Sudden holes in flooring
  • Unreasonably dangerous fire hazards

After an accident, victims should be certain to have their case reviewed by an experienced personal injury attorney. In some cases, it may not be apparent to a non-lawyer that an injury is actionable, which could potentially result in a victim missing the opportunity to collect significant financial compensation to help pay for their medical bills and other expenses.

Victims of accidents at home should seek immediate medical attention

Anyone who is injured in an accident place at home should seek medical attention as soon as possible. In addition to making sure that your injuries are properly diagnosed and treated, it will also result in the generation of an official record that can be extremely important in establishing legal liability. Additionally, in some cases, victims may not recognize the severity of their injuries immediately after an accident occurs.

Contact a Clearwater personal injury attorney today to schedule a free case evaluation

People who are injured in preventable accidents that occur in their own homes are often confused, upset, and uncertain about where to turn for help. Fortunately, the Clearwater personal injury lawyers of the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA are here to help. We fight hard for our clients and work hard to ensure that each client we represent obtains the full and fair value of his or her claim. To schedule a free consultation with one of our office today at (727) 451-6900.

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756



[1] https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/products_liability
[2] https://www.cpsc.gov/