Product liability claims are usually one of three types: defective manufacture, defective design, or failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions concerning the proper use of the product. Consumers who are injured by dangerous or defective products are entitled to file product liability claims against the manufacturer or distributor and recover financial compensation for their injuries. The personal injury lawyers at Kope and Associates will pursue justice for anyone injured by dangerous or defective products. Please contact us for more information or to schedule a free consultation with our attorneys.
Manufacturing defects are problems that arise during the actual construction of a product, be it from poor-quality materials or shoddy workmanship. For a manufacturing defect claim to be successful, the plaintiff’s attorney must be able to show that the defect caused the victim’s injury. For example, in a case involving faulty brakes, the attorney must demonstrate that the brakes caused the victim to suffer serious injuries.
The design of certain products is inherently dangerous or defective. These claims stem from an entire line of products that are dangerous, which essentially means that the product may have been perfectly made according to manufacturing specifications, but it remains a danger due to a flaw in the design of the product.For example, this may be the case if the design of certain vehicles has the tendency of ejecting its passengers upon impact, or if certain pieces of electronic equipment are prone to electrocuting users. If this design defect causes an injury, the victim can file a claim to recover compensation The injury must be caused by the defective design. If you are involved in an accident and someone crashes into your car and your passengers are ejected and injured, you would have a design defect claim if you could demonstrate that you and your passengers were injured further due to the car’s faulty design.
Failure to Provide Sufficient Warnings/Instructions
The third most common type of product liability claim involves the failure to provide sufficient warnings and/or instructions that include information about the proper use of the product. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer and/or distributor to clearly publish information about the risks or potential dangers associated with their products in language that the average consumer is able to understand. An example of a failure-to-warn claim is cough syrup without its label describing a warning that may cause dangerous side effects if combined with another common drug, such as aspirin.
If you or someone you love has suffered injury from a defective product, our product liability lawyers can help. To schedule a free consultation and case review, please contact Kope and Associates as soon as possible.