At Graham Coffey & Co, we represent victims and families who have suffered injury or financial losses as a result of counterfeit product injuries. If you believe you're entitled to compensation, contact our team today for a free consultation on 0161 820 9502.
In 2010, Trading Standards officers in Liverpool seized more than 4,000 fake GHD hair straighteners containing faulty wiring. Such electrical faults can result in serious burn injuries, hair damage or electrocution. In 2011, Customs officers seized more than 350,000 counterfeit cigarettes in raids across Kent. Also in 2011, the BBC reported that more than a quarter of all licensed premises in some areas stocked counterfeit alcohol.
Different Types of Counterfeit Products
Retailers are directly responsible for the goods they sell. Whether knowingly or not, those who sell counterfeit products will be held responsible for any injuries caused by faulty or counterfeit products, such as:
- Cheaply made electrical goods such as computers, stereo systems, appliances, hair straightening products, etc.
- Counterfeit pharmaceuticals and vitamins
- Body-building supplements
- Defective car parts
- Baby milk
- Defective children's toys that may be sub-standard or missing important safety labels
- Wine, vodka or other alcoholic products that have been watered down
- Contaminated or improperly labelled food
- Fragrances containing urine or water
- Cigarettes with increased amounts of nicotine, tar or carbon monoxide
Unfortunately, sometimes it is only once an injury has been sustained that the counterfeit nature of the product becomes known. Injuries caused by counterfeit products can range from mild skin irritation or rashes to more serious problems such as eye infections, blindness, kidney failure or even death.
Our Manchester solicitors specialising in counterfeit product injuries are diligent and aggressive in holding retailers and/or manufacturers of counterfeit products financially accountable for their actions.
What to Do If You Are the Victim of a Counterfeit Product
If you suffer an unexpected reaction to a product, the product may be defective or counterfeit. Keep the receipt showing where it was purchased. After contacting your GP, contact our firm as soon as possible.
Even if you don't have a receipt, that's ok. You may still have a claim. Our specialist solicitors will thoroughly investigate all factors and provide honest, upfront advice throughout the duration of your case to help you seek maximum compensation.