When they were first introduced, refrigerators revolutionized everyday life. By now, of course, nearly everyone takes refrigeration for granted. But a broken refrigerator can mean more than spoiled food. Refrigerators depend on machinery and chemicals to run properly, and can require large amounts of electricity. For those reasons, a defective refrigerator can pose a serious health risk.
The dangers associated with a refrigerator are often the result of its internal machinery. The compressor used in a refrigerator requires a substantial amount of electricity. Electrical faults could lead to electrocution to anyone coming in contact with an affected surface, but they could also lead to fire. The space behind a refrigerator is narrow, and any flammable materials that may have fallen there could be ignited by malfunctioning electronics
Refrigerant chemicals, necessary to chill the air inside a refrigerator, can be dangerous if you are exposed to them. Touching broken refrigerant coils or containers can lead to skin damage from the intense cold. Inhalation of leaked refrigerant gases can cause unconsciousness and brain damage. In addition to the above, one risk many people might overlook is the risk of a refrigerator falling over. Poorly-designed feet could break, sending an otherwise-steady appliance tumbling over.
Appliance manufacturers have an obligation to ensure their products are safe for household use. However, there have been many cases of manufacturers cutting corners on design and manufacturing, leading to unsafe products being sold to the general public. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured because of a defective refrigerator, you may be entitled to damages.
The Milwaukee personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you. To discuss your situation with a lawyer, contact us today at (414) 271-0900.