The Different Kinds of Product Liability Claims
Product liability is the legal liability of designers, manufacturers, sellers, or anybody else involved in trade, for putting a defective or malfunctioning product into the market. This is especially true if the said product has triggered an accident and has caused an injury.
According to the website of Mazin & Associates, PC, the root cause of dangerous products usually stems from three areas: a design defect, a manufacturer defect, or a lack of proper warnings and directions that demonstrate safe use of the product.
The design of the product can be called defective if it is inherently dangerous, if the product has useless features, especially if these features have the potential to cause harm, or if the product’s dangers are far greater that its benefits.
For example, if you have bought a metal fan and got your finger injured because the gaps between the fan’s cover are too wide, you may have a product liability case based on design defect in front of you.
Manufacturer defects are those that have been sustained during the manufacturing process, maybe because the manufacturer has been careless, reckless, or trying to cut manufacturing costs by using low-quality materials and hiring less-skilled workers.
For example, if you have bought a bicycle and crashed because the bicycle frame had a crack and snapped, you may have a legitimate manufacturer defect claim. It is also important to note that even if the manufacturer is diligent, it may still be held liable for unintentional defects in the product.
Lack of Proper Warnings and Directions
Some products can be dangerous even if they are properly designed and manufactured, such as coffeemakers and how they make consumers vulnerable to burn injuries and medication and how they can have negative interactions with other drugs.
These products should have the proper warnings for their risks, especially if these risks are not obvious. Having labels regarding the products’ proper usage is also important, because improper use may also result into accidents and injuries.Read More