Personal Injury Defective Product
When an injury or death is caused by an unsafe product the resulting claim is called a “Product Liability” claim. Product Liability claims can arise as the result of a defective design of a product such as with the GM pickup truck or the Ford Pinto gas tank cases. In recent years some of the more recognizable Product Liability claims involve the Chevrolet Volt and several cribs for infants
Product Liability Injuries & Defective Products
- Product recall
- Product liability claims
- Defects in manufacturing
- Product inadequate warning labels or instructions
- Handling product liability cases is complex
Firestone Tire Recall, Gas Tanks in Ford Pintos, Prescription drugs such as Phen-phen all indicate how much damage unsafe products can cause.
Although most products are safely designed and carefully manufactured, others are not and cause injury or death. Firestone’s tire recall, exploding gas tanks in Ford Pintos, and defective drugs such as Phen-phen are all examples of how much damage unsafe products can cause.
A manufacturer may know of its product’s safety hazards but choose to disregard them. These types of cases require expert investigation and the acquisition of documents from the manufacturer, which may show that the manufacturer knew of the hazards but chose to disregard them in an effort to increase profits. This is what occurred in the Ford Pinto case.
Defects in Manufacturing:
Injuries may also be caused by a manufacturing defect. The problem with Firestone tires was a sample of the type of case that involves defects in manufacturing. In the Firestone cases, these defects resulted in the failure of the tires causing not only injury, but death.
Product Inadequate Warning Labels or Instructions:
Product liability cases also develop where inadequate warnings or instructions to the consumers have been given. Virtually all products include some type of instructions that are supposed to guide a consumer in the proper way to use the product.
Manufacturers have a legal obligation to inform users of any hazards that may result from using the product, but cannot be avoided by the design of a product.
The law requires that the product’s user instructions be provided regarding the safe use of the product and that appropriate warnings of any dangers associated with the use of the product are provided. If this is not done, the manufacturers, distributors, and/or the sellers of the product may be held liable for injuries caused by the inadequate warnings and instructions.
Handling Product Liability cases is complex, expensive, and time consuming:
Insurance companies that cover the actions of the manufacturers or distributors or sellers routinely employ attorneys who will go to great lengths to attempt to defeat a claim of a badly designed or manufactured product, especially when the market for the product’s distribution has been large. They have the funds to hire experts and to use them to blame the user of the product or testify that the product was not poorly designed or defective.
Government regulations on manufacturers that produce dangerous products don’t provide consumers with much protection and often only offer a slap on the wrist to the offenders.
The injured person needs to have experienced lawyers with the financial resources to fight the manufacturers and their insurers. For more information regarding your Product Liability case and Personal Injury claim fill out one of our contact form or visit our home page here.