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Product Liability: Dangerous Holiday Decorations (Part A)

While most people believe that decorating their homes for the holidays is a big part of celebrating the season, holiday decorations are not immune from product defects that can make them dangerous or result in personal injury.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a defective product, you may be able to seek compensation by consulting with a Philadelphia product liability lawyer to file a product liability claim.


Defective Holiday Decorations

As the holiday season fast approaches, it would be a good idea to check with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to see if any of your holiday decorations have been recalled because of defects.

The CPSC has been working to prevent injuries related to dangerous holiday decorations by monitoring the Internet and marketplace for dangerous holiday decorations and other products that may harm consumers. 

For example, 3 days before Halloween, the CPSC warned that 682,000 Pumpkin, Ghost and Skull Halloween Lanterns were being recalled by Dollar Tree Stores because they pose a fire hazard when a bulb overheats. 

That's why it's so important to consult with a Philadelphia product liability lawyer to protect your legal rights if you have been injured by dangerous holiday decorations or any other defective product.

Liability After a Defective Holiday Decoration Results in Injury

If you have been injured by a defective holiday decoration, your Philadelphia product liability lawyer will conduct an investigation to determine whether the manufacturer, distributor, retailer or all 3 were negligent and should be held liable for serious injuries or death caused by their defective products.

On the other hand, the manufacturer, as a defendant, will try to prove that the defective product is safe. They might do so by asserting that you, the plaintiff, did not use the product as it was intended to be used. For example, if you use outdoor Christmas lights indoors, they might get too hot and cause a fire. If your box of lights clearly states "For Outdoor Use Only," the manufacturer may be justified in saying you misused the product if it caused a fire that started in your living room.

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