Elderly people often must grapple with their failing health and deteriorating ability to get around. For many of them, help has come in the form of a medical alert necklace that has provided a way to communicate a medical need from wherever they are, even if they cannot get a telephone or otherwise reach another person. These necklaces send a signal that their user is in distress and medical assistance is needed.
Unfortunately, some of the very technology aimed at helping these people has come under severe scrutiny as it has been connected with the death of a 72-year-old woman. According to experts, the woman suffered from a host of ailments, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and arthritis, which necessitated the need for the necklace. However, one day in 2013, it became entangled with her walker and the woman was unable to detangle it. She died of asphyxia as a result. The company is now recalling the product, as it does not include a breakaway safety feature.
Sadly defective products pose risks to people all the time. When a device or appliance is meant to be used in a certain way, but has design or manufacturing flaws that cause that use to be dangerous, it is considered defective. Defective products may injure or even kill consumers and may later be recalled due to these incidents. For some it is too late.
Product manufacturers have the responsibility to provide safe products to the public. When they fail to meet that standard, they may be liable for any injuries that occur. For more information on how seek damages through a product liability claim, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire in San Diego.