Every year, thousands of people are injured as a result of defective and dangerous products and choose to hold the manufacturer accountable for those injuries. Because manufacturers of defective products are liable under different legal statutes, it is important to partner with a legal team that has experience specifically in the area of product liability laws.
What is a Defective Product?
Defective products are those that malfunction while being used for their created purpose. If using a product in the way it was intended results in injury to the user, the product is considered dangerous. Defective products are reviewed under state laws, and depending on the state the manufacturer of the product might be identified as responsible for any injury arising from the defect.
Three types of product defects that may result in consumer injury:
Design Defect—The product was flawed before it went into production
Manufacturing Defect—The product became flawed while it was being produced
Marketing Defect—The product was mislabeled or incorrectly described. Misinformation presented in the product usage instructions, intended purpose, or warning labels can lead to a claim against the manufacturer for failing to adequately warn the consumer about the product’s risks.
Who is Responsible for a Defective Product?
The defendant in a defective product case depends on which of the three types of defects occurred. Compensation for injuries might be paid by the product’s design team, the product’s manufacturer, a manufacturer of a specific component or ingredient of the product, the company that assembled or installed the product, or the wholesaler, advertiser or retailer of the product—the complexity of these cases should be handled by a legal team with specific experience successfully litigating product liability claims.
If you believe you have suffered injury as a result of a defective product, it is important to understand that you are not limited to filing a claim against a single individual or company, as multiple parties might be responsible for the defect—and you can take legal action against any and/or all of them.
Was Your Injury Caused by a Defective Product?
If you feel that you or a loved one might have suffered injury or even death as the result of a defective product, we’d like to hear your experience. The Preuss | Foster Law team has had great success recovering compensation for those affected by defective products. We aggressively pursue product defect lawsuits, and we offer free investigations into these cases for individuals like you.
No payment is required until compensation is collected on your behalf. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of defective product, don’t go it alone–we’re here to help. Give us a call at 816-307-2788; the road to recovery starts today.