Virtually all clothing is made from flammable fabrics, which can be hazardous if they catch fire. But some designers utilize a cloth or other materials that are exceptionally flammable, endangering the safety of those who wear or are near those articles of clothing. If a clothing manufacturer was aware of potentially hazardous material and used it anyway in the clothes they made and sold, they could potentially be held liable for injuries to those that wear them.
If you were severely burned because of dangerous apparel, then you may be able to pursue a legal action against the manufacturer. Contact the Des Moines product liability lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.
Why Do I Need A Lawyer?
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to overly flammable fabrics, where do you even begin? A knowledgeable lawyer here in Des Moines can review your case and direct you along each step of the way. If your life has already been upset by a fire that caused injuries and/or property loss, you certainly do not have time to learn how to navigate the legal system on your own. With the help on an attorney, you will enlist professional support that will assist you in achieving maximum recovery for your injuries and other damages.
Any type of action against a clothing manufacturer for flammable fabrics and the damage they have done to you will likely be pursued as a products liability claim. This means that the product had either defective design or that defects in the manufacturing process caused an inherent danger to the user. These cases are highly specialized and require the assistance of an experienced attorney so that you have optimal chances for success in your claim. A lawyer will be able to help you anticipate the way your case will progress and can make sure that you are best prepared for what comes your way during the course of proceedings.
How Can LaMarca Law Group, P.C. Help With My Flammable Clothing Injury Case?
At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., our team of experienced legal professionals has devoted our practice of law to injured victims, which includes the pursuit of those liable for the pain and suffering of others due to products that are negligently put on the market. Our lawyers and support staff prioritize the health and well-being of our clients, and accordingly, we will treat you with the kindness and respect you deserve as we provide the most aggressive legal support available for your case. The big businesses who cut costs by reducing the quality of their products need to pay for the damage they cause, and LaMarca Law Group, P.C. will hold them accountable for you.
In the course of representing thousands of personal injury cases, LaMarca Law Group, P.C. has recovered millions for our clients and a track record deserving of the positive recognition we have received over the years. As designated Super Lawyers, U.S. News “Best Lawyers,” Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year,” and more, you can be sure that our team of top-level attorneys will use the extent of our resources to ensure that you receive top-notch legal representation for your claim. Because we are a boutique firm, you will be sure to receive personalized service and direct attention from your lawyer. You will always be able to receive updates on your case status which will provide you with the peace of mind that your claim is being handled with the utmost care so that you can focus on getting your life back to normal.
There are a number of different factors that come into play when determining whether or not an article of clothing is excessively flammable. For instance, the fabric itself is a significant consideration. Cotton, a mainstay of much American clothing because of its breath-ability and affordability, is prone to quick ignition. Wool and silk, however, are much slower to burn. Some things that bear on the safety of clothing include:
- The structure of the clothing – how it’s woven, knitted, etc.
- Fabrics used
- Finishes applied to the piece
- The fit of clothes (tighter-fitting clothes are less hazardous)
After a severe burn accident, make sure to preserve what you can of the clothing you were wearing. Your attorney will want to investigate the burn accident and will need to see the material that you were wearing at the time.
Types of Cases We Handle
At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we can handle all levels of products liability cases that can include flammable clothing injuries. There are two main types of products liability cases that can apply to a flammable clothing injury claim:
- Design Defects: A design defect occurs when a product is designed improperly or poorly when it comes to safety features or the inherent use of the product. When it comes to overly flammable articles of clothing, a design defect may mean that the faults responsible for your injuries or accident were overlooked during the design process. A defective design could mean that the actual product designers selected a highly flammable fabric for the article of clothing that hurt you, or other dangerous details were added to the clothing for any reason. Design defects affect all products during the manufacturing process.
- Manufacturing Defects: A manufacturing defect can apply to flammable clothing injuries if something went wrong during the manufacturing process that caused the issue that ultimately was responsible for the harm done to you or a loved one. An example of this could be the use of flammable material in case the material selected during the design process is unavailable or too expensive. A manufacturing defect does not affect all products, only those that were manufactured in a way that causes harmful injuries.
Either of these defects is unacceptable because they can harm the end consumer, including the most vulnerable of victims such as children or the elderly who may not be able to react quickly enough to avoid injury if they are exposed to fire.
If you have been injured because of a negligent or penny-pinching company’s actions caused you to be wearing or in possession of clothing that caused burn injuries or property damage, we can help you to seek the financial compensation that you are due. Contact the Des Moines product liability lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.