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Can a defective product cause emotional harm?

Many times, if you or another Schenectady resident encounter a faulty product, it can cause a personal injury. For example, defective airbags have been known to explode and seriously injure vehicle passengers. Dangerous children’s products might present a choking or entrapment hazard. In other cases, a product that fails to do what it is supposed to do may cause damage of a different kind. You might, for instance, use a product that malfunctioned and suffer from anxiety or depression as a result. While the injury was not physical, the psychological harm it caused is possibly enough to justify legal action.

What counts as a real product liability, vs. consumer fault?

You could read some news stories about a product causing an injury that cause you to worry about the safety of certain products, and other stories that make you wonder what the injured party was thinking. Where is the line drawn between a manufacturer being held responsible for an injury and the consumer being the one at fault? It can help for Schenectady residents to understand the factors that constitute a valid product liability case.

What should you know about safe extension cord use?

Like many Schenectady residents, you may have a few extension cords lying around your house. You could be using one or more at this very moment. With summer temperatures looming, an extension cord could be a lifesaver if you want to get your portable fan in just the right spot. These cords are convenient and handy, but can also cause serious or deadly hazards if they are used wrong or are defective.

Redesigned vintage toys provide a reminder about product safety

Now that the weather is warming up, you may be ready for some summer fun like many residents in Schenectady. No summer is complete without activities involving the water or the outdoors, and recreational toys are a big part of many family adventures. At Bendall & Mednick, we understand that a defective product can lead to injury or worse.

Why you may want to think twice before purchasing a hoverboard

This past holiday season, hoverboards were among the most-popular of all toys and topped the lists of many children, young and old alike. While the name conjures up images of some sort of space-agey levitating device, in realty hoverboards are essentially battery-powered skateboards that typically cost around $300 to $400. While marketed as a fun way to get around, there's growing concern about the safety risks that hoverboards pose including fire hazards.

Elevator accidents are the worst of the best-kept secrets

Are you thinking about installing an elevator in your home? They can be extremely helpful for an elderly parent who has moved in or a spouse who needs a wheelchair after a serious car accident. You might just want to add one as a decorative touch.

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