When someone buys a product from a company, they expect that it will be safe to use and function properly. Majority of the time, this is the case and there are no problems with products that are purchased. Although sometimes, manufacturers produce defective products and sell them to consumers. When this happens, a product can malfunction and potentially injure someone using it. If a manufacturer is negligent in providing consumers with safe products, they may be held accountable for any injuries sustained as a result. This is done through product liability. Consumers who are injured because of a defective product should contact an experienced attorney to help their case.
What is Product Liability?
Manufacturers have an obligation to create and sell products that are safe for buyers to use. This obligation is called product liability. When manufacturers do not provide consumers with a certain standard of care when making and selling products, product liability can hold them responsible for a defective product. This can happen because of a mistake or if a manufacturer cuts corners and deviates from company protocol. This can put consumers at risk for injuries if they purchase a defective product. This is sometimes seen with children’s toys, household appliances, or motor vehicles.
Product liability laws also require manufacturers to attach a warning label with their product so that consumers are informed about how to use it safely. This helps consumers avoid injuries in addition to helping manufacturers avoid lawsuits. If a label is not provided, injuries can happen and a manufacturer could be held liable for their negligence.
Types of Cases
There are many 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 an injury because the designer did not consider a user’s safety when designing it. To have a successful case, the injured person must prove there was a safer and economically feasible alternative design that could have been used.
- Manufacturer defect: If the company’s protocol is not followed when creating a product, it can have defects that hurt a consumer. For a case to be successful, the injured must prove that the protocol was not followed.
- Failure to warn: When a company does not provide warning labels for products that can injure a consumer if used improperly. It is important to not get rid of a defective product because it can be used as evidence in court.
If an individual becomes injured by a defective product, they may be able to receive financial compensation for their injuries. When people require medical attention for their injuries, they often find themselves overcome with bills and other expenses. If a manufacturer is responsible for causing these injuries, they may owe the injured person compensation to cover these 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 Stathis & Leonardis, LLC. today.
Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt because of the negligence of another party. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, contact our firm today.