Americans buy billions of dollars of goods and services each year. Most consumers expect that the product they purchased is safe to use. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Each year, thousands of Americans are hurt or killed by a defective product. If you have been harmed after using a defective product, you may have the right to be compensated for your losses. Product designers and manufacturers that act negligently can be held liable for injuries caused by that product.
Common Causes of Defective Products
Defective products typically fall into one of three general categories:
Incorrect or insufficient labeling. Product labels provide consumers with information about potential risks or hazards associated with using the product. They also instruct consumers how to safely use the product. Incorrect or insufficient labeling can mislead a consumer about the true risks of the product and can lead to serious injury or death. Consumers who are harmed by a product due to incorrect or inefficient labeling have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Design defects. Some defects arise at the design level. For example, designing a toy for toddlers that has several removable parts capable of fitting into a child's mouth poses a serious choking hazard. Other products may contain sharp edges that lead to cuts and lacerations. Another example might be a football helmet that does not function correctly and leads to head injuries after sustained blows to the head. In each of these examples, the problem that led to the injury is a defect at the design level.
Manufacturing defects. Even if there are no defects in the design, errors can be made in the manufacturing process that lead to a defective product.This is especially a concern today, when the manufacturing process is often outsourced overseas, where companies have less control over product manufacturing.
Understanding product liability law and consumer rights is vital to prosecuting a product liability claim. Arnold & Itkin's product liability lawyers are here to help you understand your options. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of using a defective product, it is important that you consult with an experienced law firm as soon as possible. At Arnold & Itkin, our lawyers have helped thousands of victims of defective products recover compensation for their injuries. Contact our lawyers today for a free case evaluation.