DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS

You should not have to analyze a product’s potential for causing injury before you buy or use it. That is the manufacturer’s responsibility. A manufacturer must consider its product’s risks before placing it on the market.

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MANUFACTURER RESPONSIBILITY

When consumers report product-related injuries, companies must take actions that ensure consumer safety. In our information-rich world, manufacturers, designers, and distributors recognize the most common examples of defective products. Their defense attorneys understand the legal issues.

Unfortunately, manufacturers often leave injured consumers blowing in the wind. When a defective product injures you, you need a product liability lawyer who will compel them to take responsibility for their actions.

When you sustain a product-related injury, manufacturers rarely take your case seriously unless you force the issue. Whether you deal with a self-insured manufacturer, a liability insurer, or a defense attorney, their claim decisions often favor corporate profits over consumer safety.

WHAT MAKES A PRODUCT DEFECTIVE?

Designers, manufacturers, and distributors sell products to produce income, but they do not have the authority to do whatever they please. They must comply with established standards, regulations, and laws.

Regulatory agencies and industrial organizations set policies that standardize product functionality and support consumer safety. State and federal legislators pass laws that give consumers legal recourse when they sustain product-related injuries. In most cases, manufacturers do not intentionally disregard these guidelines. Product defects still occur, and injuries happen anyway.

QUALIFYING YOUR CLAIM

In most jurisdictions, attorneys, courts, judges, and insurers assess product liability based on. . .

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A product design incorporates a defect with the potential for causing injuries.

The manufacturing process generates a potential defect.

The product includes defective or ambiguous wording in its labeling, packaging, instructions, and promotional materials.

The manufacturer recognizes that its product is inherently dangerous but does not adequately warn potential users.

In selling its product, a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer offers an express or implied warranty that it is safe and fit for its intended use. A manufacturer, distributor, or retailer has few defenses to this strict liability standard.

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