Every day in America, consumer goods are purchased and received by shoppers of all ages. Some of the products are grown and manufactured right here in the United States, while others are shipped into the country from overseas.

With that high of a volume of sales, it is inevitable that some of the products sold for use in the United States will pose a danger to those who buy and use these items. How are consumers protected against the adverse effects of using products that may cause them harm?

A federal agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is tasked with alerting the public to dangerous products that carry unreasonable risks of injury or death. The CPSC also assists the companies that manufacture and sell these potentially hazardous goods when it comes to taking them off the market.

Anyone with a computer or smartphone can access the website of the CPSC to apprise themselves of recent recalls and how to protect themselves and their families from the consequences of using hazardous products.

However, by the time a recall is announced by the CPSC, often consumers have already suffered injuries (and some may have died). For those hapless consumers, the recall may be insufficient to make them whole again.

In these circumstances, it may be appropriate to seek legal guidance as to whether you can pursue financial damages from the manufacturer or marketer of the dangerous goods. Any financial remuneration that you receive may mitigate the damage that you suffered as a result of your use of the product as it was intended to be used.