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Malfunctioning Bathroom Door Shatters…

Submitted By: Michael (Suffolk, New York, USA)

I have a glass door in my bathroom that has malfunctioned several times. I went to slide it open today and the wheels got stuck and the door fell off and shattered everywhere. This is the second time this has happened.

This time I have a very bad cut in my hand that needed 8 stitches and a few small cuts in my other hand that needed a few stitches as well.

Like I said this is the second time this has happened with this door. When the door hit the floor it exploded and glass went everywhere. I want to know if I have a case against the installer or door manufacturing company? Thank you.

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Answer

Dear Michael,

Depending upon the age of the door you may have a legitimate product liability – personal injury case against the manufacturer of the door, the retail or wholesaler who sold the door, and the person or company which installed the door.

If the door has been in your bathroom for an extended period of time your case against the above parties will weaken substantially. That’s because over time other factors can play a role in the door’s malfunction. That’s not so say you can’t try, but you should know ahead of time the difficulties you may face.

Another factor to be considered is the amount of damages you suffered. No one is saying 8 stitches isn’t substantial, but unless there is substantial permanent scarring your medical bills probably won’t be very high.

Unfortunately product liability personal injury cases are based upon the amount and type of damages a person suffers. Those “damages” usually include, but are not limited to, medical bills, out of pocket expenses such as prescription and over the counter medications, lost wages while treating and recovering, and an amount for pain and suffering.

Contact several personal injury attorneys. Most will not charge any fee for an initial office consultation. Bring your medical bills, and any photographs of the door and its broken pieces. Make sure in the photos you capture the area where the door broke away.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: February 16, 2012

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