People have come to rely so heavily on their smartphones that it becomes difficult to do anything when the device is out of battery. To avoid this, some people will invest in not just one but even a spare charger for their phones. However, poorly built chargers can malfunction, sparking small fires that can harm the phone and potentially injure the user.
Defective chargers are a silent threat to your safety
After plugging in a charger, most people expect it to work as usual. Some even leave their phones charging overnight next to them while they sleep.
However, there have been many cases where chargers would spark and catch fire. It could be disastrous if a charger catches fire when someone is plugging it in or near something flammable.
In one incident, a teenager suffered burns on her face after her phone charger caught fire while sleeping beside it. These types of cases highlight the safety risks associated with using defective chargers.
Generic and counterfeit phone chargers are often to blame for endangering users, but even big brands have recalled chargers for the same reason. Any flaw in the charger’s manufacturing or design increases the chances that it could catch fire and cause property damage and injury to the user.
Filing a lawsuit for defective product injuries
Those who buy a faulty charger typically toss it in the trash and move on. However, it’s important to remember that manufacturers and sellers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their products for consumers. In addition, they need to provide clear instructions and warnings so buyers can use the products safely.
Treating burn injuries, replacing a smartphone or repairing damages to a home because of a broken charger can be costly. Consumers who receive a defective product, especially those who sustain injuries, could pursue a product liability claim.
Armed with evidence that the charger led to their injuries and the help of a personal injury lawyer, customers may be in a position to pursue compensation for their damages.