Every year, thousands of injuries are caused by defective or dangerous products.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- There were an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. ER departments in 2016.
- There were an estimated 144 unintentional non-fire carbon monoxide poisoning deaths associated with consumer products in 2013.
Products liability claims are related to product defects. You see, if a company manufactures or sells a product that has a defect and that defect causes injury or property damage, the companies that designed, manufactured and distributed the product could be held liable for damages to you, a family member or your property.
Companies that create and sell products have a duty and responsibility to ensure the safety of their products.
Generally, the law requires products meet certain standards and requirements before a product goes out into the public.
The product may be virtually any type of good sold to consumers or businesses, from basic products like food and clothing to complex products like cars, heavy equipment, electronics and medicines.
The injured party can be anyone who comes into contact with the product, including the buyer, users, or even a bystander.
Typically, product liability claims arise from design defects, manufacturing defects, and warning or use defects.
- Design defects are claims involving issues with the product before it was even made.
- Manufacturing defects are claims involving issues that occurred while the product was being created or assembled.
- Warning or use defects are claims that arise when the seller or manufacturer failed to provide adequate labels or warnings on risks and proper use.
Today, product liability claims are becoming harder and harder to pursue.
However, if you or a family member have been seriously injured, the team here at Steven Booker Law can answer your questions and help you determine whether or not it would be appropriate for your situation to bring a claim.So, to learn if you have a claim, please call us today at (940) 569-4000 for a free consultation or send us a confidential message by completing one of the contact forms on our website.