DeWalt Electric Drills Recalled for Shock Hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a product defect recall for two DeWalt electric drill models because they pose a shock hazard. According to a news report, the models are DeWalt DWD110 and DWD112 drills. The company says the drills have the date codes 2017-37-FY through 2018-22-FY. CPSC says if the date code has “X” after it, the unit has been inspected and is not affected by the recall.
If you own one of these products, officials say, you should stop using the drills right away and contact DeWalt for a free inspection and repair of the unit. The recalled units were sold through retailers from September 2017 through November 2018 for about $70. If you have doubts about whether your DeWalt drill was affected, call the company at 1-855-752-5229. The CPSC says DeWalt previously announced the recall in early January, but the department was unable to report or publicize it because of the government shutdown.
The Danger of Electric Shocks
Burns are the most common injuries that can occur when someone experiences an electrical shock. Depending on the voltage of the electrical current that delivers a shock, an individual might experience wounds to the skin surface, moderate burns that cause tissue damage or internal burns that could affect the organs. If the heart is affected, the incident could be fatal.
Often, in incidents involving electrical shock, damage to the nerves is fairly common. This could cause impairment of muscle movement and the ability to feel sensations such as hot or cold. It may also result in a burning or tingling sensation. Another serious injury that could result from electrical shock is ventricular fibrillation. This could require the person to get treatment through a defibrillator to get the heart muscles moving again.
Product Liability Issues
Electrical shock could be suffered as a result of defective household products ranging from power tools to electrical appliances. If you have been injured as the result of a dangerous or defective product, you may be able to seek compensation from the product manufacturer by filing a product liability lawsuit.
You may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to hold the negligent manufacturers accountable and help you secure fair and full compensation for your losses.