When consumers purchase a product from a company, they expect that it is safe and will function the way it is meant to. Most of the time, this is the case and there are no problems with products. However, sometimes, manufacturers can make defective products is there is a mistake or if proper protocol is not followed during production. When a consumer purchases a defective product, it can malfunction and possibly injure them. If a manufacturer is negligent in producing safe products for consumers, they may be held accountable for any injuries they cause. This is possible through product liability laws. Individuals who were hurt as a result of a defective product should contact an attorney to help their case.
What is Product Liability?
Manufacturers are obligated to create and sell products that are safe for consumers. This obligation is called product liability. When they do not provide consumers with a certain standard of care during production, product liability can hold them accountable for any faulty products they sell. This can happen because of a mistake or if a manufacturer cuts corners and does not follow company protocol. This puts consumers at risk for serious injuries. This sometimes occurs with children’s toys, household appliances, or motor vehicles.
Product liability laws require manufacturers to also attach a warning label with their products in the event that they can be used incorrectly. This is so that consumers are informed about how to use them properly and avoid injuries. This also helps manufacturers avoid lawsuits. If a label is not provided, injuries may occur and a manufacturer could be held liable for negligence.
Types of Cases
There are different ways a person can become at the expense of a faulty product. There are three types of defect cases that are seen in court:
- Design defect: When the design of a product causes injuries because the designer did not account for a user’s safety when designing it. To have a successful case, the injured must prove there was a safer and economically feasible design that could have been used instead.
- Manufacturer defect: If a manufacturer does not follow protocol when creating a product, it can be defective and hurt a consumer. For a case to be successful, the injured must prove that the protocol was breached.
- Failure to warn: When a company does not provide warning labels for products that can injure someone if it is used improperly. It is important to not get rid of a defective product because it can be used as evidence in court.
If a consumer is injured by a faulty product, they may be able to receive financial compensation for their injuries. When medical attention is required for an individual’s injuries, bills and other expenses often pile up. If a manufacturer is responsible for these injuries, they may owe the injured compensation to cover the costs.
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If you have been injured as a result of a defective product and wish to speak with an attorney, contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today.
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