Understanding Defective Product Claims
As a consumer, you use products on a regular basis. From the shampoo you use to wash your hair to your cellphone and even your car. You rely on the manufacturer of those products to ensure their safety and if they notice an issue with their product, you expect them to recall it.
Unfortunately, too many manufacturers don’t take the steps to rectify hazards – or worse, ignore evidence that their products could cause injuries. The United States has consumer protection agencies in place to regulate these products and keep consumers safe. But, how long is a product on the market before a protection agency realizes that it is dangerous? In some cases, it could be years.
What is Product Liability?
Product liability involves manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and retailers. If a product is released to the public and harms a consumer, those parties can be held responsible for product liability. There are three main types of claims that can be filed against a manufacturer, including:
- Design Issues or Defects – If the products design causes injury, the company could be held liable for any injuries or deaths that occurred because of that design flaw. It doesn’t matter if the original design made sense or the company followed all manufacturing and distributing processes – if the design is flawed, they are liable.
- Manufacturing Defects – Using poor quality materials and cutting corners during manufacturing could lead to a product liability claim, especially if that defective product causes injury or death.
- Marketing Issues – If the company doesn’t provide adequate instructions or warnings regarding the proper use of the product, they could be held liable for injuries that occur because of that failure to notify.
- If you or a loved one was injured because of a defective product, you may have grounds for a product liability claim. In order to file a lawsuit, you will need:
- Proof you were injured or a loved one suffered because of the product;
- Proof the product was defective;
- Proof that the product was responsible for your injury or losses;
- And proof that you used the product as it was intended.
Hire a Boca Raton Personal Injury Attorney Today
Product liability claims are highly complex; therefore, you need the representation of an attorney that understands product liability and can represent you or your family. Contact Boca Raton personal injury attorney at Leifer & Ramirez today for a free consultation. We can assess your product liability case and let you know if you have a valid claim. Call now to schedule an appointment by dialing 561-660-9421.