Understanding the Different Types of Product Liability
Accidents and injuries occur every single day in the United States, for numerous reasons. When we buy a product from a reputable store or online, we assume it is safe and that there will be no problems. However, sometimes a defective product can cause a dangerous situation, resulting in serious injury or even death. If a product is defective, it’s obviously not your fault, but it can be difficult to know how to proceed. In the event someone is injured by a defective product, there are three types of product liability claims that may apply:
- Design Defect
- Manufacturing Defect
- Marketing Defect
Today we are going to go over each of these different types of product liability cases in more detail in order to ensure you understand your rights should you find yourself the victim of a defective product. It is the job of the manufacturer to ensure products are designed and developed in a safe manner for consumers, just as it is the job of the marketer to make sure the product is properly labeled and distributed. In the event this does not happen, the result could be deadly.
The Dangers of a Defective Product
You assume that the products you purchase will be safe for you and your loved ones to use, in fact, the very idea of a product we bought posing a threat or causing harm is not something that crosses most people’s minds. However, sometimes companies sell products that are either defective or hazardous to consumers, resulting in serious injuries. Let’s now take a closer look at the various types of product liability cases:
- Defectively designed products – Products that were not properly designed can be inherently dangerous, even if they were properly manufactured. Some common examples include airbags that were not made thick enough to withstand the impact of a collision and sunglasses that do not protect the eyes from the sun.
- Defectively manufactured products – When a product was improperly manufactured, for whatever reason, it can be seriously dangerous to consumers. Some examples of this are missing components or equipment or the presence of poisonous chemicals. It is important to note that sometimes a product that was improperly manufactured does not have any issues, but when there is a problem, it can cause serious damage.
- Defectively marketed products – This defect is most often seen in the warnings and instructions that are included with a product. If the product’s manufacturer does not provide the correct corning labels or clear instructions in order to help consumers better understand how it should be assembled or used, they may be held liable.
It is not always easy to figure out which type of product liability claim you have on your hands, which is why it is important to contact a knowledgeable product liability attorney should you find yourself in this situation. Defective products can be extremely dangerous, especially to children, which is why we encourage you to contact Rad Law Firm today so we can help you better understand your rights. To learn more about Dallas product liability cases, please do not hesitate to contact us today.