Woman Sues Heating Pad Manufacturer After Suffering Burns
When consumers in Philadelphia spend their hard earned money on a product, they have a right to expect it to work as it should. If something malfunctions as a result of a defect in the product, the manufacturer may be held responsible to replace the product or refund the money the consumer spent on it. In cases where the product caused harm to the consumer, the company may be liable for the injuries sustained.
This is the case in a products liability lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania woman recently. The woman is suing Jarden Consumer Solutions and Jarden Corp. for breach of warranty, negligence and strict liability. She says that the company sold a defective Sunbeam heating pad with a faulty automatic shutoff feature.
The woman alleges that before she went to sleep, she placed the heating pad on her. Early in the morning the heating pad caused the bed lines to catch on fire, burning her back and hands. Besides the linens, the fire also burned through the mattress. In the lawsuit, the woman alleges that the company did not recall the heating pad even after it became aware that it was dangerous. She is suing for $50,000 in damages. This woman has had to endure serious injuries that have left her with permanent scars. She did the right thing by retaining a lawyer and filing a lawsuit in order to hold the company liable for the defective heating pad. Hopefully she will be able to receive the compensation she deserves.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, “Pa. woman burned by Jarden heating pad files products liability claim against manufacturer,” Jon Campisi, Dec. 3, 2013.