You have the right to consult an attorney if you’ve been injured by a dangerous product.
In spite of the digital era, the daily mail still brings waves of advertising, political flyers, unsolicited credit card offers, donation requests, and other unwanted junk mail, so it is understandable that a market still exists for home paper shredders. Many people want a way to simply and conveniently dispose of junk mail while still protecting any private information that may be contained in the papers. In theory, the personal home paper shredder makes much sense.
A growing number of reported shredder-related injuries reveal that home shredders pose a danger to any user and are especially dangerous to children. In fact, the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a Paper Shredder Safety Alert documenting reports of incidents involving finger amputations, lacerations, and other finger injuries directly connected to the use of home shredders. Often the injuries occur to children under age five. Even supervised children may, in a moment’s breath, reach into a shredder.
The paper shredders are designed to pull paper into the shredding mechanism and to cut with enough force to destroy thick mailings and even credit cards. An adult using a shredder should recognize the pulling sensation sufficiently to let go of a paper pulled into the machine. A small child, however, easily can have his or her fingers pulled into the mechanism along with the paper. Federal government research indicates that some home shredders have been made and marketed without sufficient testing to adequately account for the size of children’s fingers and without sufficient safety design to prevent injury.
When a serious injury is caused by a hazardous product, such as a paper shredder, the injured party and his or her family have a right to consult an attorney. The personal injury attorneys at Bye, Goff & Rohde in Wisconsin represent persons injured by dangerous products and are available for a free consultation. We will even travel to you at no cost, if that is more convenient, because we care about you and are dedicated to getting the compensation you deserve.