Each month, countless product recalls are announced by manufacturing companies
and the NHTSA in an effort to prevent injury to innocent consumers. At
Jones & Swanson, we feel that it is important to keep our readers
updated on the most commonly used defective products so that they can
take appropriate action to prevent injuries.
Unfortunately, not all dangerous products are recalled. In the event of
high-risk items, manufacturers typically provide warning labels so that
consumers know about the risks up front. For instance, laceration, choking,
and burn hazard labels can be found on a variety of items found in the
Some of the most devastating injury cases that the attorneys and staff
at Jones & Swanson see are those that involve children. Animal attacks
and product defects many times affect children, which was the case in
a law suit against Nike brought by a Texas family after their son received
extensive burn injuries after his Dri-Fit shorts caught fire in May of
2014. The boy had been standing a supposed safe distance away from a campfire
with his friends when his Dri-Fit shorts ignited. When he tried to roll
on the ground to extinguish the flames, his hands were burned as well.
This situation becomes more questionable when investigators discovered
that the boy was standing the furthest from the fire of all the other
children, yet was the only one to catch fire. His cotton shirt and socks
were untouched, and in spite of the obvious burn hazard, the shorts did
not have a highly flammable warning label.
While Nike surely did not intend for their product to bring harm to consumers,
they may still be held liable for actual and punitive damages for product
liability and negligence in this case. The suit is ongoing, but regardless
of the outcome will motivate consumers to use caution and manufacturers
to warn consumers of any potential dangers associated with their products
in an effort to avoid such legal situations.
At Jones & Swanson, we have represented clients that were injured due
to a defective or malfunctioning product on multiple occasions. These
defects may be found in automobiles, toys, clothing, furniture, and other
items used by Georgians on a daily basis. We urge readers to heed warning
labels on products and to cease use of seemingly-dangerous items right
away. If you or someone you know were injured as a result of a product
that was defective or dangerous, fill out our free
Case Evaluation form or call (770) 427-5498 to discuss your potential legal claim.