A defective product lawsuit could occur if an individual is injured or killed as a result of using a product as it was intended to be used. Defective products have resulted in both catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths—two legal scenarios that we specialize in at The Snyder Law Group. If a defective product caused an injury that permanently alters your ability to perform work or otherwise enjoy life, that would qualify as a catastrophic injury. If the death of a loved one resulted from a faulty product, the death was the result of another party’s negligence and therefore constitutes a wrongful death.
In either of these cases, hiring a lawyer could help alleviate the pain you feel and offset financial costs. But defective product lawsuits are not simple affairs, so we have provided you with some of the basics.
Types of Defective Product Lawsuits
Most defective product lawsuits can be broken down into three basic categories. The first of these is simply faulty design. In scenarios of faulty or defective design, the product is unsafe on a fundamental level. This means that even if the product was constructed and marketed in accordance with production code, it is still dangerous. This stands in contrast to our second category of the defective product, which is a manufacturing defect. In these instances, the product was faulty due to an oversight during production and during an identified timeframe. Manufacturing defects typically result in recalls. An infamous example of this is the Firestone and Ford tire controversy from 2000 and 2001, during which defective treads resulted in at least 40 deaths nationwide.
Our third category of defective product lawsuit does not pertain to the product’s design so much as it does failure to warn. This is why manufacturers and marketers go to such great lengths to warn consumers if a product is potentially dangerous if it is used improperly.
Who is Responsible?
Defective product lawsuits are exceptionally complicated in terms of liability. Determining who is responsible is no simple task. Generally speaking, the party at fault is either the manufacturer or the retailer. The previously mentioned Firestone and Ford tire controversy is a good example of the manufacturer being at fault. But how could a retailer be held responsible? To go back to the previous example, the retailer becomes liable if they continued to sell the defective tires even after they have been recalled. A more typical example would be a grocery store selling an expired food product past the sell-by date.
No matter who is at fault, or the category of the lawsuit, if a defective product resulted in the catastrophic injury of yourself or the wrongful death of a loved one, please consider hiring a lawyer.
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