Using a product that ends up causing injury to oneself or to a loved one in West Virginia can spark a range of emotions, including surprise, fear and anger. One family recently experienced this type of scenario when a boy ended up being cut by a certain T-ball bat in another state. The boy’s father subsequently filed a defective product lawsuit against its manufacturer, seeking over $4 million.
The bat suddenly came apart when the 5-year-old boy’s older brother was using it, the father said. This accident occurred in May 2013. A sharp edge of the bat, which is designed to adjust in length using a special lock and twist device, thus ended up cutting the boy in his face.
The boy received a major U-shaped cut between his eyes and in his nose area. He now has permanent scars on his face stemming from the deep laceration, the father said. The father alleged that a design flaw caused his boy to be injured and claimed that the manufacturer, Franklin Sports, was negligent.
Customers expect the products they purchase to be designed appropriately and not cause bodily harm. It is, therefore, natural for people to become upset — even irate — if the products they believed to be safe end up being hazardous and causing permanent injuries. Victims of a defective product have the right to analyze all of their legal options in an effort to correct any wrongs. This may include demanding financial damages sustained as a result of using the dangerous product in West Virginia.
Source: The New York Daily News, “Dad files $4.5M suit over ‘defective’ T-ball set that left his boy with 300 stitches“, John Marzulli, Sept. 8, 2014