Electric blankets, when poorly designed or manufactured, can become overheated and pose a risk of burn injuries, fire, or electrocution.
In one British study, as many as one third of the electric blankets studied in English households were found to be defective, leaving their owners at serious risk of personal injury.
Several models of electric blankets have been recalled in the United States in recent years for problems including loose casings that could lead to exposed wires and subsequent fire and overheating problems.
In most cases, electric blankets that cause house fires or electrocution are old, worn, or damaged through use. This is why it is so important to buy only new electric blankets and replace them before they become damaged or excessively worn. It is important to always follow manufacturers’ instructions on use of the blanket.
If, however, you have suffered injuries from an electric blanket due to a manufacturing or design defect, such as with one of the recalled models, you may have legal recourse to sue the manufacturer or retailer for compensation for your losses.
If you or someone you love has been injured or suffered other losses as a result of a defective electric blanket malfunctioning, you must act quickly to preserve your legal rights. An experienced product liability attorney at Jacoby & Meyers will discuss your case with you in detail to help you determine whether you have a solid legal case.