What Are Defective Product Claims?
Defective product claims involve products that have caused injury or loss to a consumer of the product. These types of claims generally fall under the category of personal injury laws known as “product liability laws.” This refers to a manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure that their products are free from defects.
In terms of liability, defective products are categorized under three main types: design defects; manufacturer defects, and warning label defects. Each of these categories is associated with different regulations and standards that must be strictly followed by the manufacturer or distributor.
What Are Some Examples of Defective Products?
Some types of products may be more susceptible to defective products claims than others. These are often products that are inherently more dangerous or require special care when using or operating them. Also, the profile of consumers may also be considered when dealing with the safety of products (for instance, products that are intended for use by children or infants).
Some common examples of defective products include:
- Dangerous or defective medicines
- Motor vehicle defects
- Dangerous toys and children’s products
- Defective kitchen appliance and other household items
- Defects related to foods and other food products
- Incomplete or defective mechanic work or other repair issues
- Dangers associated with property or real estate
For instance, a common product defect is where a children’s toy fails to include adequate warning regarding dangerous uses of the product. This might be considered a “warning label” case and could lead to a legal remedy if it causes injury to a consumer.
Are There Any Legal Remedies for Defective Products Claims?
Defective products claims usually result in damages awards for the injured or affected plaintiffs. These generally require proof that the injury was caused by the normal use of the product according to instructions and guidelines from the manufacturer. Alternative remedies may include product recalls, or an injunction requiring the defendant to adjust their manufacturing processes.
Some defective product cases can affect a large sector of the population and may involve significant damages awards. These cases are often filed as class action lawsuits.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer for Help with Defective Product Claims?
Defective products can sometimes lead to serious bodily injuries or significant financial losses. It may be in your best interests to hire a qualified personal injury lawyer if you have suffered any injuries or losses due to a defective product. Your attorney can help explain your rights and options under state and local laws. Also, if you need to appear in court or if you need to file under class action laws, your attorney can represent you in court.
Authored by Jose Rivera, LegalMatch Legal Writer