Product liability is the area of law in which manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries caused by those products.
Products in question are broadly described as defective, dangerous or unsafe. This broadly means products, when properly used as intended by a manufacturer, must:
- Be without manufacturing design flaws that may cause injury when the product is used properly.
- Be without design defects that may cause harm when the product is used properly.
- Have sufficient warning labels to warn the user of potential dangers while using the product.
- Ensure all products undergo thorough and sufficiently designed safety tests. When safety, design or operational deficiencies are discovered, the deficiencies must be properly documented, reported, and the product line be fixed, re-inspected, and then pass all safety tests prior to allowing the product line to enter the marketplace for consumers.
In a cost cutting society, manufacturers sometimes use inferior materials or use substandard facilities to manufacture a product. This is often one of the reasons consumers are unnecessarily subjected to injuries, illness, or even an untimely and preventable death.
Product liability encompasses any product that causes injury or death of a consumer, such as:
If you or a loved one has been injured, become ill, or passed away as a result of a defective or unsafe product you should seek experienced legal counsel. Your rights must be protected.