When you buy a product in Montana, you expect a certain level of safety when you use it as intended. However, sometimes through manufacturing error or other factors, a product can cause significant personal injury.
This could result in a product liability claim that will help you receive compensation for medical costs and pain and suffering.
A common problem
According to information from the National Safety Council, emergency department visits from product injuries exceeded 11 million in 2021. Most injuries came from common products that consumers believed had a high degree of safety. These injuries affected all ages, including vulnerable populations such as young children and the elderly.
The leading category of product-related injuries came from stairs, ramps, landings and floors with a total of 2.7 million ER visits. Beds, pillows and mattresses came in second with 824,000 injuries, and chairs, sofas and sofa beds came in third with total injuries of 558,000. In all of these categories, children under four years of age and seniors over age 65 experienced the vast majority of injuries.
A broad concern
Many products expose you and your family to dangers that could range from cuts and abrasions to life-threatening situations. While most ER visits result in a quick release, some injuries require additional treatment. A broad spectrum of products cause harm to consumers:
- Bathroom structures
- Ceilings and walls
- Desks and cabinets
- Ladders and stools
Toys resulted in just over 170,000 injuries to children that required an ER visit. If a product causes injury to you or your family, you should consider your legal options. You might deserve compensation for your personal injury.