What Do I Need to Know About New York’s Product Liability Laws?

People buy something new every day. Typically, these products work the way they are expected to and there are no problems. However, there are many cases in which defective products are made that malfunction. When this happens, it can cause severe injuries that have the potential to impact a person for the rest of their life. Victims of these situations often want to seek justice for their suffering, which can be done through product liability laws. If you are dealing with these problems, it is crucial that you retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney to help your case.

What is Product Liability?

It is important for companies to make products that are safe and do not threaten injuries to those who use them. It is because of this that product liability laws impose this obligation on manufacturers. If negligent activity occurs during the production of an item, it can cause the product to be faulty. This can lead to malfunctions that cause accidents to occur once they are in use. In the event of negligence, manufacturers can be held liable for any injuries their products cause as a result. This is often seen in products such as household appliances, children’s toys, motor vehicles, and more. 

Manufacturers must also provide warning labels on their products under product liability law. Doing so ensures that consumers are aware of how to properly use the items so that they are not putting themselves in harm’s way. Without these labels, products can be misused and cause serious injuries. When this happens, manufacturers can also be held liable under product liability law. 

What Types of Products Can Be Involved?

Defective products can cause injuries to consumers in a variety of ways. The three main types of defect cases that are usually seen in court can include the following: 

  • Design defects: If a designer does not consider the user’s safety when coming up with the design of the product, thus causing an injury.
  • Manufacturer defects: When mistakes are made or a manufacturer cuts corners during production and creates a defective item, thus harming a consumer.
  • Failure to warn: If a company does not put a provide a warning label on a product that can cause injury if used incorrectly. 

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The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.