From the time we wake up to the time we go to bed, we use countless products that help us get through the day. The products we use form a regular part of our lives to the extent that we usually don’t give them a second’s thought. From phones to aspirin, microwaves, and exercise equipment, we’re constantly engaged in the use of consumer goods that we have come to trust and rely on. This sort of assurance arises out of our trust as consumers that the products we purchase are reliable, safe, and will not cause us harm. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Products can pose a danger to users through flaws in their manufacturing, design, or labeling. Indeed, every year there are thousands of reports of injuries caused by faulty consumer goods. If you have been injured as a result of a defective product, contact Novo Law Firm PC as you may be entitled to receive compensation through a product liability claim. Our attorneys will look into your case and ensure that you receive financial recovery for your injuries.
Manufacturers and product safety
There are millions of products that are created every single day, and in the process of creating a product there are countless groups that take part in each stage of production and eventual distribution. At the very top, you’ll find manufacturers. Manufacturers hold a great deal of responsibility for the safety of consumers as they are the principle makers of the items that end up on the market. It is the job of manufacturers to ensure that the consumer goods they produce are safe and will not cause harm to users. One way manufacturers do this is through product testing that uses certain safety standards and regulations that must be met for the product to be deemed secure. Additional methods can also include receiving certification or establishing compliance teams.
Although manufacturers are responsible for the products they create, there are other entities involved in production and distribution that may also be held accountable for any harmful defects that show up in a product. Some of these entities can include the makers of individual parts for a product, those who assemble or install different parts, as well as wholesalers and retailers. If anyone from these groups causes a fault in a product, they can be held responsible in a product liability case.
Claims against a defective product
As much as manufacturers and other groups may strive for product safety, there is no getting around the fact that errors happen. Under the law, there are three types of claims that can be made against a defective product. These are as follows:
Manufacturing Errors—a mistake or error was made as the product was being manufactured or assembled. For example, a bicycle that is assembled with no brakes.
Design Flaws—a product is inherently defective or even dangerous due to the way it was drafted and designed. For example, a certain vehicle model that is prone to rollovers.
Warning Omissions—a product’s design poses a risk without warning consumers through labels or instructions. For example, an electric blanket that does not include a warning label or instructions for use.
Proving a product liability claim
When it comes to product liability cases, there is no need to prove that the party at fault was negligent. Because cases dealing with defective products fall under strict liability, it is assumed that a flawed product automatically indicates negligence of some kind. It is important to note, however, that simply presenting a defective product might not warrant a claim. A product may be flawed in some way, but unless this defect led directly to an injury or damages, you might not win your case. There must be a link between the product’s faults and your injuries. In addition, it is helpful if you can show that you used or handled the product the way the manufacturer intended and according to their instructions.
If you have been injured as the result of a defective product, get in touch with our attorneys at Novo Law Firm PC. You may be able to file a product liability claim. We can guide you through the process and make sure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.