Corporations Must be Held Accountable for The Dangerous and Defective Products Which Injure, Maim and Kill Consumers
The term "product liability" refers to claims arising out of injuries to consumers caused by unsafe or dangerous products. But a defective product or one that shouldn’t be on the market can’t compensate you for the harm it causes. That product injured you because someone designed it poorly, manufactured it incorrectly, failed to warn you about its dangers, or otherwise ignored or covered-up risks that should have precluded the product from ever being sold or used. The law provides that individuals who have been injured due to unsafe or dangerous products can file lawsuits against a number of parties who may be potentially responsible. Designers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers who negligently produce, distribute, or sell dangerous items may all be held accountable if their acts or omissions led to injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, you may have a claim that can lead to the recovery of compensation for the losses you’ve suffered. I work with clients to evaluate the circumstances surrounding their product-related injuries and "when appropriate" pursue claims against those responsible.
Types of Product Liability Claims
There are several different types of products that are often the subject of product liability claims. These include:
- Household products
- Baby equipment
- Construction materials
- Home appliances
- Dangerous packaging
- Sports and safety equipment
- Motor vehicles
- Car brakes and tires
- Medical implants and devices
- Lawn equipment
The kinds of defects that can form the basis of a product liability claim include:
- Design Defects. Courts may evaluate whether a product could have been produced from a safer design without losing function and integrity.
- Manufacturing Defects. Even safely designed products can be defective if they are not manufactured correctly or according to specifications.
- Marketing Defects. These include the failure to warn consumers about preventable risks. Packaging and labeling mistakes are also commonly featured in marketing defect product liability claims.
Too often, the reason consumers are injured by unsafe or dangerous products has more to do with greed than it does with carelessness. Large corporations and others invested in the success of a given product may be tempted to cut corners and squeeze out a few more pennies of profit at the expense of safety. When that happens, those injured need an ally who can stand up for them and ensure that those who put consumers at risk are held responsible for their actions.