Product Liability

 

Americans love to buy products and companies have a responsibility to make sure that those products are safe for consumer use. However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that approximately 30 million Americans experience injuries as the result of defective products every year. These injuries fall within a type of law known as product liability, which holds manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and wholesalers responsible for any injuries or damages that occur as the result of a faulty product.

 

Product liability can come in the form of defective vehicles, bad drugs and medical devices, machine injuries, dangerous products or workplace injuries. Flaws in manufacturing and engineering can pose great risks and not properly informing consumers of any viable dangers is considered negligent behavior. Under the law, manufactures, sellers and distributors may be held liable if injuries result from a manufacturing defect, design defect or marking defect.

 

Product liability for these cases is broken down into one of the three following areas:

 

  • Negligence – When manufactures, sellers or distributors act carelessly
  • Strict liability – Deeming the manufacture legally responsible, regardless of fault
  • Breach of Warranty – Failure to withhold a promise to safety

 

Companies should be fully aware of any defects or flaws related to the products they put into the retail market, and therefore must be held accountable if an injury occurs. The Gilliam Firm PLLC, can help you navigate the intricacies of your personal injury case involving product liability to seek justice and recovery for your losses.

 

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or if a loved one has died in an accident where a product (automobile, equipment, drug or device) failed to perform in the way that it should have performed, or if you feel that you were not properly warned by the manufacturer that a certain injury could occur, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Please contact us for a free consultation on your case.

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