If our humidifier caught on fire, is there any legal action that we can take?

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If our humidifier caught on fire, is there any legal action that we can take?

Or any compensation we could get? It was in my daughter’s bedroom.

Asked on September 1, 2010 under General Practice, Alaska

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If the humidifier caught fire because it was (1) defectively designed; (2) defectively manufactured; or (3) the warning or instructions were defective, then you may very well have a product liability lawsuit, though note: if you were fortunate enough that your daughter and other family members were not injured and the property damage was slight, it may not be worthwhile suing--you can only sue to recover compensation for injuries and property damage actually  inflicted. Also, if there was no fault on the part of the manufacturer or seller--e.g. it caught fire because someone spilled flamable liquid into its working, electrified "guts"--then there would be no lawsuit. In that case, nothign was wrong with the product.


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