Anderson Windows is a developer of many of the popular “flat” varieties of windows on the market. Unfortunately, this company was not nearly prepared for the widespread issues of defective products that have been discovered in many recent home designs. These very concerns have led to a number of class-action lawsuits being filed across the country in an effort to bring to light the sad fact that these seemingly “innocent” flat panels have in fact turned into dangerous weapons that have caused untold injuries and even death. As a result, those injured by these supposedly “innocent” products must be compensated for their pain and suffering.
The Anderson Windows lawsuit, brought forth by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NEC) seeks to hold manufacturers of this type of window responsible for any negligence leading to injuries caused by their products. The complaint asserts that the manufacturers knew or should have known that their flat, sliding and herniated panels were dangerous and did nothing to warn consumers about this potential problem. In doing so, the companies essentially turned a blind eye to the real danger presented by these defective products.
The basis of the Anderson Windows lawsuit is two-fold. First, it is claimed that the National Electrical Contractors Association and the National Association of Manufacturers knowingly and negligently let their members down by failing to carry out proper and adequate training in the installation and use of their products. Second, and more importantly, the lawsuit contends that the companies failed to provide any warning to consumers about the danger these products posed.
This case is one of several currently making their way through the courts that deal with the issue of “slipping” windows. While this particular type of window is not considered dangerous per se, it has been found to be extremely dangerous if improperly installed. Improper installation can lead to the buildup of dangerous contaminants that can in turn lead to serious health risks. Anderson Windows lawsuits are being filed on behalf of all individuals who have fallen victim to these hazardous materials and the safety of their families. In fact, the lawsuit asserts that the company knew that their products posed such a great threat but failed to take the proper measures to protect their customers.
As detailed in the complaint, Anderson Windows manufactures marketing their products as “electrically assisted wall and glazing products” (AASW) which was designed to appear as though they addressed many of the concerns associated with traditional hung glass windows. However, according to the lawsuits, AASW’s only function is to provide a smoother surface for the consumer to operate the electric outlet and never the window itself. Further, while it may seem intuitive for someone to install AASW into a window, the complaint contends that many manufacturers have unknowingly created a situation where an electric outlet can’t be attached to a window in order to allow the window to be operated. This, in turn, creates a dangerous situation for everyone inside the home.
The Anderson windows lawsuit seeks damages for injuries sustained due to injuries caused by the improper installation of AASW’s. This is the first time that a manufacturer has been forced to pay a consumer for injuries caused by their product. If successful, Anderson Windows will be responsible for the costs of correcting and eliminating all defective products that have been sold. It is likely that damages will be in the tens of thousands of dollars and it is likely that the manufacturers of the AASW products will be ordered to pay punitive damages in excess of one million dollars.