Our blog has covered numerous stories about individuals in New York and across the country who have been injured by defective products. Many of these people choose to file products liability lawsuits in order to hold the manufacturers responsible for marketing products that can cause serious injuries. It is not just defective products, however, that can form the basis of products liability lawsuits. Anyone in New York who needs medical attention because of injuries sustained by a dangerous product can also seek compensation.
Hannah Storm, an anchor for ESPN, was injured when she was doing what many people across Albany and the country do: grilling. She was at home and went to reignite her propane gas grill when a huge "wall of fire" hit her, leaving her with first- and second-degree burns. While she has slowly been getting better, she is hoping this incident can serve to educate people on a very common accident.
Storm has said that two people that she worked with as she hosted the Rose Bowl this past New Year's Day have suffered similar burns from similar accidents, which indicates the problem is quite widespread. When manufacturers know that individuals are frequently injured by misusing products, it is important to make sure there are adequate and sufficient warnings. When there aren't, manufacturers may be exposed to product liability lawsuits.
Though Storm was announcing the Rose Bowl a mere three weeks after her accident, this is very unusual. The announcer sustained very serious injuries and she will need to keep many of her most severe burns out of the sun for six months. She had been burned on her chest, neck, face and hands, as well as losing some of her hair and her eyebrows and eyelashes.
Source: Huffington Post, "Hannah Storm Hosts Rose Parade Show: ESPN Anchor Returns, Talks Propane Gas Grill Accident," Ben Walker, Associated Press, Jan. 1, 2013