On May 10, 2012, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of Folding Step Stools by Kennedy International of Dayton, NJ. The stools were found to have been a flaw that causes them to break or collapse when in use. As of the press release, there had been at least 15 reports of the stools breaking or cracking. There were three injuries reported, which included a broken leg and a back injury. Consumers must stop using these products immediately and contact Kennedy International. You will be issued a refund by the company.
The step stools are 9- and 13-ince folders. They are plastic and equipped with a carrying handle. Look for the following style numbers:
- 3575 for the 9-inch
- 3576 for the 13-inch
You’ll find the model number printed on a sticker. It’s located on the legs. There is also a label that says “Kennedy Home Collection” on some of the stools, but not all of them. They were produced in a wide variety of colors and color combinations, so any stool of any color may be affected.
These stools retailed at the following stores:
- TJ Maxx
They were also sold at other stores. They are manufactured in China.
Trip and Falls and Product Liability
Trip, slip and fall injuries are among the most hazardous. It’s possible for a healthy adult to die from a fall, so it’s imperative that you stop using these products right away. In addition to the threat of being killed, serious injuries can and have results. A broken leg can cost thousands and thousands of dollars in medical expenses, so it’s important to remember that even reparable injuries such as these can be enormous financial hardships.
Getting a Slip & Fall Attorney
Lawsuits provide a way for the victims of defective products to get compensation for their injuries. There are some instances where these claims end up paying a great deal of money to the plaintiffs involved, so be sure to investigate whether or not this is an option for you. The easiest way to do so is to simply sit down with an attorney and to discuss the matter with them. There are some instances where you may have a claim and others where you do not, so you’ll have to talk to an attorney specializing in personal injury law to get sure about the mater.
Other Considerations for Personal Injuries
Remember that it’s illegal to sell any recalled product. If you have a product that was recalled in your possession, the right thing to do is to contact the manufacturer or the retailer where you purchased it. There are generally remedies offered right away. If you were injured using the product, write down what happened and be sure to contact an attorney about the matter. You’ll want to make sure you know what types of medical expenses you endured because of the product and you’ll want to make sure you were using it according to instructions. Any property damage should also be noted. An attorney may be able to file a winning lawsuit for you.
If you have been injured in a Slip & Fall accident, call us for a FREE consultation at 713-771-5453