Have you been injured by a defective product? Defective products are a common cause of liability claims. When a product is poorly manufactured, in a way that causes injury or illness, it’s important that the company responsible is held accountable.
A product can be considered defective for a variety of reasons: defective manufacturing (e.g. a vehicle that is missing a brake); defective design (e.g. a vehicle that has a tendency to become unstable and flip); or a failure of the product to provide adequate warnings (e.g. an electrical product that doesn’t warn about potential injury that could occur if the product is improperly used.)
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Injuries and illnesses from defective or otherwise dangerous products are quite common and in some cases can even lead to death. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are almost 3 million injuries and 22,000 fatalities from malfunctioning, faulty and dangerous products every year in the U.S. There are three main categories that these defective products tend to fit into.
This type of product defect is when there is an inherently dangerous design flaw that, regardless of how well it follows manufacturer specifications, causes the threat of injury to a consumer. This can include anything from a pair of running shoes with insufficient traction to a laptop battery that tends to overheat and cause fires.
If a product is found to have a design defect that causes injury after it is already on the market, the company will usually launch a recall. However, at the point of recall, it is likely that consumers have already suffered injury before the defect is caught.
When the actual design of the product is fine but one particular product in the bunch is defective, this is usually due to a flaw or error in the manufacturing process during assembly. This type of defect often occurs due to negligence or some sort of quality control issue.
Some examples of manufacturer defects, where a product is assembled incorrectly causing the potential for injury, can be an improperly installed pulley system on an elevator, a faulty brake pad causing a motor vehicle collision, or an incorrect bolt on a crib that causes it to collapse.
When a manufacturer fails to warn its consumers about the possible risks associated with using their product or how to safely operate it, this can mislead the consumer and possibly cause injury if improperly used. In any potential situation where a consumer might be at risk, the manufacturers’ marketing should always include a warning of the safety hazard and what the possible consequences of disregarding its proper use are.
Some examples of products that should have warning labels or adequate instructions are toys that are too small for young children that can create a choking hazard, ladders that have the potential to be used improperly, or a medication that has dangerous side effects if taken with another drug.
There are many other situations in which defective product injuries or deaths can occur. In fact, defective product injuries account for 5-10% of personal injury lawsuits. If you have been injured by what you think is a defective product, we recommend that you refrain from reaching out to the store or manufacturer to report your injury. It would be wise to contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in your area first to help determine who is liable and if you might be eligible for compensation.
At Jacobs & Jacobs Injury Law Firm, we have the knowledge and expertise to represent your case and help you get the compensation that you deserve if you have been injured or suffered an illness due to a defective product