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How a Maryland Product Defect Attorney can Help if You Have Been Injured on a Hoverboard

Hoverboards have continued to grow in popularity in recent years, with a number of new manufacturers producing their own take on these self-balancing skateboards. Some have a number of bells and whistles that have helped make them even more popular with consumers. However, there have been fires reported while charging some of these boards, and there is still a serious risk of severe injuries if you fall while riding one.

During the first two years after hoverboards were released, more than 26,000 kids ended up in emergency rooms around the country. Despite problems with batteries overheating and boards catching on fire while charging, the majority of injuries resulted from falls.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a hoverboard, it is important to reach out to an experienced Maryland product defect attorney.

Types of Injuries Seen From Hoverboards

Fractures are some of the most common injuries sustained on hoverboards, accounting for 40% of the emergency room cases. Contusions and sprain/strain injuries were among the other most common injuries. Wrists, forearms, and the head were the top three parts of the body typically affected by hoverboard injuries. Wearing helmets, elbow pads, and wrist pads certainly helps, but there are still genuine concerns over how the product has been manufactured.

Product Defect Lawsuits

The hoverboard manufacturer should be held accountable if someone is injured by a defective product. In order to prove negligence against the manufacturer, you need to prove the following elements:

  • The hoverboard was defective before it left the manufacturer’s control;
  • The consumer did not make any substantial changes to the hoverboard once received;
  • The defect made the hoverboard unreasonably dangerous; and
  • The defect caused injuries to you.

Maryland recognizes several different types of product defects, including design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects. A design defect happens when a product is designed in a manner that makes it inherently dangerous, while a manufacturing defect is when the product is not manufactured in line with the intended design. A marketing defect is when a product lacks necessary safety warnings or adequate instructions for use.

Fire Hazards

Anyone who owns a hoverboard should not leave it charging unattended. There are numerous reports of the devices catching fire. Depending on where the hoverboard is charging, it could spark a larger fire. There are documented cases where they have caused significant damage and even burned an entire house down. While less frequent, some people have reported that a board caught on fire while someone was riding it. It is no wonder that many airlines have banned them from cargo holds and carry-on luggage.

It is believed that some defective batteries overheat while charging, and other batteries are damaged after a rider bumps into an object or the wall. Non-compatible charging ports have been cited as potential fire causes, too.

Contact a Charles County Product Liability Attorney

If you have been injured on or by a hoverboard, contact the Law Office of Robert R. Castro at 301-870-1200 today to schedule an initial consultation. Let us review the facts of your case and help you determine whether you have a valid claim against the hoverboard manufacturer.