Every year, countless injuries and deaths result from the use of dangerous products. Product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. Responsibility for a product defect that causes injury lies with all sellers of the product who are in the distribution chain. In general terms, the law requires that a product meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. When a product has an unexpected defect or danger, the product cannot be said to meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. Products may be considered dangerous or defective if the manufacturer does not provide adequate, complete instructions, if the product does not have sufficient warnings, or if it is considered unreasonably dangerous. Further, certain defects may give rise to manufacturer or supplier liability:
- Design Defects – Present in a product from the beginning, even before it is manufactured, in that something in the design of the product is inherently unsafe.
- Manufacturing Defects – Those that occur in the course of a product’s manufacture or assembly.
- Marketing Defects – Flaws in the way a product is marketed, such as improper labeling, insufficient instructions, or inadequate safety warnings.
If you have been injured by a dangerous product, the Katz Firm will dedicate the time and attention necessary to effectively and efficiently address your dangerous product claim. Contact the Katz Firm for a free no-obligation case evaluation.