Product Liability law protects consumers.
Every year thousands of men, women and children are hurt because of dangerous or defective products. Injuries from defective products can include mild bumps, bruises, burns, fractures, concussions, serious brain injury, paralysis, and death.
Dangerous and defective products are everywhere. Some examples of how dangerous or defective products can affect you:
- Medical devices, drugs, and pharmaceuticals can cause unexpected adverse effects or death.
- Hospital beds or beds in nursing homes or long-term care facilities can have dangerous bed rails that cause entrapments.
- Household products like toys, clothing, kitchen appliances, power tools, lawn mowers, and accessories can malfunction or harm children, adults, or bystanders.
- Food can be recalled after being tainted or improperly handled, leading to consumer health problems or even death.
- Equipment or appliances can generate excessive heat or throw sparks, igniting nearby materials and causing damage to people and property.
- Automobile parts can be defective, contributing to accidents that injure or kill passengers in cars, trucks, and other vehicles.
- If you are one of the thousands hurt every year by a dangerous or defective product, you may be wondering: Now What?
There are several different ways that a product manufacturer or supplier can be held responsible for their dangerous products.
There is an entire section of the law dedicated to protecting consumers like you. It is called product liability law. These laws govern how products are designed, manufactured, marketed, sold and recalled. Because of these laws every person or company involved in selling a product (the designer, parts supplier, manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler, retailer, etc.) can be held accountable if a product injures an individual because it was dangerous or defective.
- Design Defects: Because of their poor design, these products have a problem before they are even built. Even if the product is used properly and works, a design flaw can make it dangerous. A design flaw will affect every product that is made, making this type of defect widespread.
- Manufacturing Defects: Sometimes a product is designed well, but is built or manufactured incorrectly. In this case, only a few products may be defective or dangerous, while others are constructed properly.
- Marketing Defects: If consumers are not properly instructed on the use, maintenance requirements, or potential dangers of a product there could be a marketing defect. Manufacturers who fail to provide adequate warnings how to use or assemble a product or if they fail to warn consumers about dangers associated with a certain product may face a claim related to product liability.