Conair is recalling millions of Cuisinart Food Processor units. These units have been sold at department, gourmet and specialty stores across the nation (to include in Kansas), since 1996. According to information reported by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, "The food processor’s riveted blade can crack over time and small metal pieces of the blade can break off into the processed food. This poses a laceration hazard to consumers." Conair reports being notified of about 69 customers who reported broken pieces found in processed food. 30 customers reported mouth lacerations or tooth injuries.
Conair insists that consumers cease use of the processors and, that you contact it for a replacement blade. But what if you are already injured? You may be entitled to many of the following:
*Economic Damages - Generally speaking, economic damages include almost everything that can be replaced with a checkbook. This category of damages is very broad and will vary from case to case.
*Noneconomic Damages - Noneconomic damages are those losses which cannot be quantified in a dollar amount. The most prominent examples are pain and suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, physical impairment or disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. The importance of categorizing damages as economic or noneconomic lies in the fact that noneconomic damages are sometimes capped under state law.
*Punitive Damages - Punitive damages are not based upon the severity of the injury to the plaintiff, but rather upon the need to punish the defendant and deter others from engaging in like conduct. Before punitive damages may be awarded, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant acted in a “wanton or intentional” way, which includes the “reckless disregard” of a known danger to the plaintiff’s health and safety. This must be proven by clear and convincing evidence. Punitive damages are extremely rare, but available in appropriate circumstances.
If you suffer injury from your Cusinart, or any other product, we are here to handle your product defect case. Call Attorney T. Morton today @ 913-602- 7288 or complete this FORM.
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