Injuries from Defective and Dangerous Products
Written by Andrew Sarski on January 19, 2011
Most people expect the products that are made available to us on a daily basis to be safe and not likely to cause us any harm when used in the capacity for which they are intended. These products serve a range of purposes, from children’s toys to prosthetic devices like artificial hip implants. Product manufacturing companies are responsible for the safety of their products, before and after they are made available to the public. Before a new product can be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it must undergo numerous clinical trials to ensure its safety in everyday use. Unfortunately, some manufacturing companies conceal the dangers associated with their product in order to expedite FDA approval. Others have discovered a loophole in the process, which allows certain products to enter the market without undergoing testing as long as the product resembles a similar product already on the market.
Liability for Product Injury
These misleading practices put us, as consumers, in danger of experiencing serious harm resulting from a defective product. Any new product on the market must meet the reasonable expectations of the consumer, and if a product fails to do so due to a defect, the manufacturing company may be liable for any injury or death caused by the product. There are a number of circumstances under which manufacturer negligence can occur. The most common are failure to display an adequate warning on the product, damage to the product during the manufacturing process, and poor design. If a product does enter the market and is subsequently found to be dangerous, it is also the duty of product manufacturing companies to inform consumers as soon as the potential for harm is discovered. If the manufacturer fails to adequately warn consumers of the potential risks, they may be held liable for any injuries sustained by consumers who use that product.
Types of Product Injuries
Injuries caused by defective products can cause serious injuries to children and adults alike. Some can cause damage like burns and lacerations, while others are more devastating, like finger amputation in children, strangulation and suffocation. Other types of damages are the result of injuries caused by defective automobile parts and illness from damaged foods. Victims of defective products injuries may suffer for a long period of time, requiring extensive and costly medical treatment. Some injuries can be life-altering, having an adverse effect on the rest of the victim’s life. If the injury is fatal, family members will suffer extreme emotional pain, simply because of a defect in the design or production of a product.
Defective Product Legal Help
Victims of injuries sustained during use of a defective product should seek legal guidance immediately following the accident, because the statute of limitations in product liability cases provides a small window of opportunity. Product liability law governs the liability of manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and vendors for damages caused by dangerous or defective products. The intent of product liability laws is to protect consumers from dangerous products as well as holding product manufacturers accountable for making available to the public products that they should have known were defective or harmful. The only way to protect yourself and others against manufacturer negligence is to file a product liability lawsuit to collect reimbursement for your injuries and promote safer restrictions in the future.
Fortunately, product liability does not require the injured victim to prove that the manufacturing company was negligent, it requires only that the victim provide evidence that the product is defective, that the defective product caused the injury, and that the victim was using the product in the capacity for which it was intended when the injury occurred. Product liability lawsuits not only protect the right of the consumer to adequate warnings concerning the products they use on a daily basis, but also promote the introduction of safer products on the market.
Defective Product Representation
The goal of defective product attorneys is to help victims collect compensation for their injuries and medical expenses, and to promote the enforcement of more stringent FDA regulations on potentially harmful products currently on the market. With accurate information regarding the dangers of particular products, consumers can make educated decisions about the products they use and protect themselves and their families against harm. If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury due to a defective product, contact a defective product lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced defective product attorney can help injury victims receive the compensation they are entitled to.