Product Liability: The Dangers of Consumer Goods
If you’ve been hurt by a dangerous consumer product, you might have heard the term product liability. This refers to a manufacturer’s responsibility to protect people from dangerous products. When consumers purchase goods, they expect a product is tested for safety by manufacturers, laboratories and government agencies. The reality is, many products released to the public are unsafe and sometimes even deadly. These defective products are often part of massive recalls. If you’ve been injured by a dangerous product, you are most likely searching for answers and remedies to your situation. You will find that here. Learn how products can be dangerous, who is responsible when consumers are injured, and how you can help prevent others from getting hurt by defective products.
What Is a Dangerous Product?
Dangerous products are any goods that pose an unknown risk of injury to consumers. They may also be called defective products. When one thinks of a dangerous product, knives, guns and flammable objects typically come to mind. These products carry inherent risks known to the user that aren’t related to manufacturer defects. However, did you know that a product doesn’t have to be a weapon to endanger consumers? When a car, medical device or food, for example, does not meet quality or safety standards, it is considered defective and may pose a real threat to consumers. Manufacturers have a legal responsibility to ensure that products are safe for consumer use or that any possibility for danger is stated in a clear warning. A manufacturer can be held liable for any injuries incurred by a defective product. When an individual is hurt by a defective product, he or she may seek compensation for resulting injuries.
How Products Can Be Dangerous
Products can become defective during any part of the manufacturing process, from initial design to engineering, labeling, packaging or distribution. Common potentially defective products that may cause injury or worse include:
- Automotive: parts such as airbags, seatbelts, electrical and brake defects
- Pharmaceutical Products: unforeseen side effects in drugs
- Apparel: irritating fabric, improper construction or hidden foreign objects
- Chemicals: irritants and toxins in household or agricultural products
- Food: contamination that causes food poisoning or other illnesses
- Machinery and Tools: substandard materials or negligent design that cause tools to malfunction or break down
- Recreational Products: improperly constructed playground equipment
- Appliances: dangerous wiring from refrigerators or ovens
- Toys and Children’s Products: toxic ingredients or choking hazards
- Furniture: unstable dressers that tip-over
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is responsible for regulating the safety of many types of consumer products, from toys and furniture to appliances and fireworks. Some types of consumer products are overseen by other federal agencies. For example, automobiles are regulated by the Department of Transportation while food, drugs and cosmetics must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The CPSC has the authority to establish product safety standards, investigate potentially dangerous products, order recalls of dangerous products and even ban products entirely. When an FDA-related product is found to be defective or potentially harmful, recalling and removing the product from the market is typically the most effective way for protecting consumers. However, many defective products are not recalled until after an accident or injury occurs.
What If I’ve Been Injured by a Dangerous Product?
If you’ve been injured while using a product as directed or have tragically lost a loved one due to a dangerous, defective product, you may qualify for compensation to help with medical bills, time away from work and emotional pain or suffering. Product liability is a complex issue that requires the expertise of a skilled legal professional. If you’ve been hurt by a dangerous product, seeking legal advice is the first step to securing the compensation you deserve for your losses. The attorneys at Searcy Denney are committed to fighting for victims injured by defective products and can help you, too. Find out how in a free consultation today by calling (855) 436-3815.
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Who Is Responsible for My Injuries?
To win a product liability claim, an attorney must prove the liable party was either negligent in the product manufacturing or design, or of sufficiently warning consumers about potential dangers. When a consumer is injured by a dangerous product, any party in the product’s chain of distribution can be held liable, including:
- The product manufacturer
- A manufacturer of component parts
- A party that assembles or installs the product
- The wholesaler
- The retail store that sold the product to the consumer
There are three types of defects for which any of these parties can be held liable:
- Manufacturing defects: Occur in the manufacturing process and typically involve poor quality materials or subpar workmanship. Example: When the wrong screws are used on playground equipment and a child is injured by the equipment breaking.
- Design defects: Occur where the product design is inherently dangerous or ineffective. Example: A metal-on-metal hip implant that causes blood poisoning.
- Failure-to-warn defects: Arise when manufacturers of products that carry non-obvious dangers fail to provide warnings about the risks associated with using the product. Example: A patient has a reaction to cough syrup without a warning that it may cause dangerous side effects if taken with another drug.
Why Should I Get a Product Liability Lawyer?
If you’ve been injured by a defective product, our product liability lawyers can help you regain a sense of normalcy and secure you the compensation you are owed. Searcy Denney provides free consultations to answer your most pressing legal questions at no charge. We will handle all aspects of your case so you can focus on your recovery. You also won’t pay anything unless we are successful in securing a favorable outcome for your case. A product liability lawsuit can help ease your emotional and financial burden by securing compensation to help with:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Costs of counseling
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Contact the Dangerous Product Attorneys at Searcy Denney
At Searcy Denney, we understand the devastation that comes with being injured by a defective product. You don’t have to go through this alone, and we are here to listen. For more than 40 years, our firm has helped obtain justice for thousands of families hurt by the negligence of another. We are here to help you recover and move on from this unfortunate event.
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Contact our firm today at (855) 436-3815 for a private and risk-free consultation. Your better future awaits.
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