When consumers purchase a product, they expect it to function the way it is advertised. They hope it was made correctly by following the mandatory guidelines to ensure a safe product. If a company does not follow these guidelines and produce a product correctly, it may become defective. When this happens, consumers may be put at great risk for injuries. If an injury occurs due to the negligence of a company, the company may be held responsible for that injury through product liability. It is important to seek legal counsel if you have been injured due to a defective product.
What is Product Liability?
Product liability is the legal obligation a company or manufacturer has to create a safe product for consumers to buy. If they do not, this liability holds them accountable for supplying a consumer with a faulty product. When a company cuts corners or makes a mistake during the production of a product, consumers may be injured as a result. This may happen with items such as children’s toys or household appliances. If a product has a chance of being dangerous when used improperly, these companies are required to provide a warning label that lets people know how to use them safely. If they fail to do so, people may not use the product correctly and hurt themselves. These situations may also hold companies responsible for product liability. If an individual is injured at the expense of a defective product, they may be able to hold the company or manufacturer responsible for the injury through a product liability case.
Types of Cases
A consumer may become injured by a defective product in several different ways. There are three main types of defect cases:
- Design defect: When a product’s design causes injury. This happens when a designer does consider safety when designing it. For a liability case, the injured must prove there was a safer and economically feasible design that should have been used instead.
- Manufacturer defect: When a manufacturer does not follow protocol and creates a product differently than usual, it may be faulty and seriously hurt someone. To have a case, the injured must prove the manufacturer deviated from the usual process.
- Failure to warn: When a company does not provide warning labels for products that may be harmful. It is important to not trash the product because it can be used as evidence in a lawsuit.
If a consumer is injured because of a faulty product, they may be able to receive compensation for their injuries. When an injury requires medical help, the individual may find themselves overcome with bills. If a company is liable for the injury, they may owe the injured person a sizeable compensation to cover these medical 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 Offices of George Poulos today.
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