The Three Types of Products Liability Suits
Posted on June 8, 2021 in Product Liability Litigation
Any time someone purchases a product for themselves or their families to use or consume, the last thing they expect is that they will be injured because the product was defective. Unfortunately, faulty products make it onto store shelves and into our households on a regular basis. Not a day goes by when there are not stories about products causing harm to adults or children. In some cases, major recalls make the news, but the vast majority of defective product claims never become public. Here, we want to discuss the three types of product liability lawsuits that can occur so that you have an understanding of what can go wrong.
Design Defects Making a Product Faulty
Product designs must be thoroughly tested before any product is released to the general public. If there is a flaw in the design, there will be repercussions throughout the life of the product. Even if a product is put together with extreme care and manufactured appropriately, design defects will make it inherently dangerous no matter what.
Design defects can look very different depending on the type of product being discussed. For example, if a toy company is designing a doll for babies and uses a piece on the door that could easily become a choking hazard, this would be considered a design defect.
Suppose we are discussing a pesticide that contains a chemical carcinogen despite the fact that it is known that the chemical can cause harm to humans. This would also likely be considered a design defect.
Manufacturing Errors Altering a Product
Even if a product is safely designed, it is important to understand that most products go through various manufacturing phases. In some cases, multiple companies are involved a single product’s manufacturing. If something goes wrong along any of the steps towards making the product, there could be a manufacturing error that alters the design and renders the product harmful for consumers.
A manufacturing defect can affect a single item or an entire product line, and the results can be disastrous for consumers, particularly when they are expecting to use a completely safe product. For example, suppose a furniture company manufacturers an entire line of sofas. During the manufacturing process, an employee uses the incorrect bolt size to fasten the legs to the sofa. Even though this may not seem like a big deal, what would happen if the sofa collapsed and a child was under the piece of furniture at the time?
Marketing Defects That Mislead Consumers
Consumers rely on the labeling of a product to inform them about how to use it as well as learn about any possible hazards related to the use or consumption of the product. If a company fails to properly label a product, this could lead to misuse and potential injury or illness.
Some of the most common labeling issues that could lead to product liability lawsuits include omitting or providing incorrect information related to a product’s use, side effects, hazards, ingredients, dosages, and more.
Working to Secure Compensation
In the event you or somebody you care about is injured due to a defective product, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. A skilled product liability lawyer will have the resources necessary to fully investigate these claims and determine what went wrong and who caused the problem in the first place. An attorney will stand up to aggressive insurance carriers and companies in an effort to secure full compensation for your losses.