If you have been injured whilst using a faulty product during the course of its correct use then it is likely you will be entitled to claim compensation.
The main piece of legislation surrounding this area of personal injury law is The Consumer Protection Act 1987. This Act states that all goods for domestic use must be reasonably safe when being used correctly and anyone who is injured (or killed) by a defective product has the right to claim compensation as long as the injury caused is valued at more than £275.
Common examples of injuries caused by faulty products include:
- Skin blemishes and rashes caused by contaminated cosmetic products such as hair dyes
- Burns caused by malfunctioning hair styling equipment
- Electric shocks from unsafe electrical appliances
- Dental injuries caused by foreign bodies in foods
- Injuries to children caused by defective toys
A claim for compensation can be made against the manufacturer of the faulty product and also the distributor, supplier and retailer.
If you suffer injuries due to an unsafe product then you should find out when the product was made and whether instructions or warnings were provided. It is also important that the product was being used in the way it was intended.