When most people think of bungee cords, they envision thrill seekers leaping off tall buildings or bridges only to be saved by an elastic rope that pulls them up before they hit the bottom. Many of us avoid bungee jumping, fearing the cord will snap, sending us on a one-way trip to the hospital.
Bungee cords, however, are still used everyday by millions of Americans to secure items. Whether it is luggage or a Christmas tree on a vehicle's roof rack or a car trunk that needs to stay closed during transportation, bungee cords are a useful convenience. Unfortunately, just as with bungee jumping, cords can pose a serious risk if they become over-stressed and snap. When the devices are under too much pressure, the metal hooks on the ends of the cord may bend and slip off what they are attached to, causing the cord to snap back at the user. Cords can reportedly spring back at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.
Physicians have treated dozens of people in the last five years suffering from severe eye damage
due to defective bungee cords. In several cases, damage was so severe that the eyeball had to be removed. Many other cases have involved surgery to repair the eye socket and restore vision.
Critics of bungee cords fear the devices are prone to deterioration and dangerous cracks that eventually may cause the cords to unexpectedly snap back at a user when they are attempting to secure a load.
If you have been injured by a bungee cord, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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