When it comes to spending money, there might be no single more important purchase than that of a home. It can be a costly purchase but one that can yield returns on the investment—either through many years spent living in the home or a high resale value—assuming that the home is not a defective product. Unfortunately, homeowners in Florida and other states are finding out that their homes may include defective Chinese drywall, which not only impacts the resale value of the homes—or at the least, cost a lot in repairs—but might also be causing health problems and damage to other property.
Homeowners say their home smells of rotten eggs, copper piping has eroded too quickly, copper wiring and light switches are damaged and jewelry is turning black. Some people claim that it has affected their health and the health of their children. Some have paid for repairs to their home while others have moved and now pay for both their mortgage and rent.
Lawsuits have been filed alleging the drywall is defective. Some estimates put the total cost of repairs to homes with the Chinese drywall at $1 trillion.
However, the defective product does not have to be as expensive as a home to warrant contacting a defective products injury attorney. Even small items can cause serious harm if they are not built properly.
One lawsuit, filed against Hewlett Packard, alleges that a defective computer overheated and exploded, resulting a house fire. The plaintiffs say they lost their home and had to live in a trailer because of the fire. Furthermore, they argue Hewlett Packard placed a dangerous and defective product on the market.
If a product has been designed or manufactured improperly and the defect in that product causes you or someone you love harm, then you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the party (or parties) responsible for the design and manufacture of that product. However, such lawsuits can be complex and often require an experienced attorney to deal with all the decisions that must be made in such litigation.
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No matter how careful consumers are about the products they purchase, there is still a chance of purchasing a defective product. The good news is that there are laws set out to protect consumers in the event that they are harmed by those products.