You may remember our blog back in February regarding the recalls for faulty tumble dryers which were causing fires. One such instance has led to a tower block in London catching fire recently, all down to a single tumble dryer.
Tumble dryers require care from owners to make sure they work in good condition and do not pose any electrical or fire risks when around the house. Our aforementioned blog made sure to point out necessary checks to keep them in good running order including:
- Emptying the filter between loads
- Giving the vents room to pump air
- Ensuring the ventilation pipe has no kinks or dents
- Ensuring loads are suitably sized
- Not leaving on overnight
If one or more of these guidelines are not followed, a tumble dryer can turn from a useful tool to being a very large fire risk. This risk is what caused the fire (video above) to start in the block of flats and as many of us know, fires move very quickly under the right conditions.
Recalls & Injury
According to consumer watchdog ‘Which?’ you are able to claim compensation for injuries caused by a recalled product (even if you did not initially purchase the product). The drawback to that is the way in which an injury occurs.
If the injury caused was not related to the fault which has been identified as being dangerous, then it could be that you were at least in some way contributory to the incident. Thankfully with the fire in the tower block, nobody was injured.
If however anybody had been caught in the blaze and suffered burn injuries or even worse, as a result of somebody not giving the tumble dryer airing room, not keeping a filter clean or overloading the machine, it can be argued the user has heavily assisted the cause.
If you contribute towards a product becoming dangerous, it is less likely you will be awarded full compensation if any, which means having a product repaired or switched after learning of the recall is the best case scenario for safety purposes.
The Severity Of Fire
It is no surprise to anyone to learn that fire injuries can be terrible. Burn injuries can cause some of the most severe, long lasting, scarring injuries. With the risks of injuries from fire by overloaded tumble dryers, it would be in any family’s best interest to keep everyone safe and follow all safety protocols.
If you, a friend or a family member has suffered from an injury when using a recalled product, be it burn injury, cut, bruise, break or other, you can get in touch with the team at Sincere Law to help plan what course of action is available.
We deal with serious injuries and as such have experts including doctors, physiotherapists, psychotherapists and financial planners able to help plan not just the immediate future, but the long term stability of an injury sufferer and their family needs long term.
If you would like advice on how to go about resolving a serious injury and help plan the required treatment, rehabilitation and financial planning in the long term, you can get in touch by calling our team on 0800 092 2896. We understand that serious injuries require much more time and effort than a normal injury, and that’s why we exist at Sincere Law.