Injuries and Deaths Related to Battery-powered Wheelchairs
Invacare Corp. is the world’s largest manufacturer of battery-powered wheelchairs. Over the past decade, Invacare has been named in many wrongful death lawsuits because some of their chairs can catch fire. There have been cases of wheelchair-bound patients suffering second- and third-degree burns. These defective devices have even caused fatal burn and smoke inhalation injuries.
In response to these serious allegations, Invacare has issued recalls to repair their dangerous products. But, there are still many potentially hazardous battery-powered wheelchairs in the marketplace.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an Invacare wheelchair, please contact the defective product lawyers at Farah & Farah to better understand your legal rights and options. We can be reached at (904) 263-4610.
Fires caused by these motorized wheelchairs are extremely devastating. Only people with long-term or permanent disabilities typically use motorized wheelchairs. These disabilities prevent people from getting out of their chair on their own to escape their chair difficult when it catches fire. Patients unable to move are in trouble until help arrives.
There are different reasons why these chairs catch fire. In some cases, the wiring on the battery charger short circuits, resulting in smoking, sparking, and even ignition. A man in Oklahoma was killed when his Invacare Power 9000 caught fire and his parents were able to settle for a reported $20 million. His burn injuries could have been prevented if Invacare had installed a $5 fuse to stop the short circuits.
It other circumstances, the batteries can actually melt, lighting the wheelchairs on fire. In December 2004, a 65-year-old man was killed when his Pride Mobility Jet 10 electric wheelchair caught fire. That fatal fire was sparked by the use of an incorrect battery.
Invacare Attorneys Investigating Product Liability Claims
It is the responsibility of all product manufacturers to provide safe products that DO NOT cause harm when used correctly. Victims of defective products have the right to go after financial compensation for their losses by filing a claim against the product manufacturer.
To have a successful product liability claim, victims must show:
- the product was defective
- that they were harmed
- that their harm was the direct consequence of the defect
- they suffered losses as a result of the injuries
If a defective product such as an Invacare battery-powered wheelchair has harmed you or a loved one, do not hesitate to research your legal options. A successful product liability claim can lead to financial support for:
- medical bills
- time away from work
- pain and suffering
- mental anguish
- the cost of physical therapy and hospitalization
- and a number of other related damages
The Invacare attorneys (Invacare FAQs) at Farah & Farah work hard to protect the rights of injured clients and hold negligent manufacturers accountable.
Call us at (904) 263-4610 for more information about your legal rights.