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Product Injuries: Failure to Warn

Every day Wisconsin consumers are careful to take proper precautions when using equipment or products they know to be potentially dangerous. People wear boots with good traction when they break out their snow blowers. They pay strict attention to the side effects listed on medicine labels. They wear safety equipment when they are using heavy machinery or when they are heading to the shooting range. Unfortunately, many injuries occur when manufacturers and distributors fail to warn the public about the potential dangers of a seemingly safe product. Regardless of how careful you are with a product, unanticipated effects can catch you by surprise and result in injury or even death.

Wisconsin product liability law clearly states that sellers have a responsibility to warn the public if their products have unanticipated dangers. The Rhinelander product liability lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® know that many people annually are hurt because they are not warned about an item they have purchased.

The Unexpected Dangers of Products

Manufacturers have an obligation to know their products backwards and forwards so they can predict potential problems and clearly communicate them to the public. Some examples of possible unexpected dangers in various products include:

  • Side effects of medications or other pharmaceuticals
  • Flammability of cleaning products
  • Sharp parts or edges on apparently safe toys or handheld devices
  • Toxicity of materials intended for use around people
  • Weight limits or other restrictions to car seats or hammocks

When consumers are well aware of the dangers of a particular product—a knife’s sharpness, for example—manufacturers do not have to include a warning. However, when consumers are unprepared for an all-natural cleaner’s flammability or a car seat’s low weight restrictions, they cannot take the proper care.

Take Action for your Injuries

Product injuries can be incredibly painful and long-lasting, forcing you to take on medical debt or even miss out on work wages. The product liability lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® firmly believe that if you were injured because you were not clearly told about the risks associated with an item, you deserve financial compensation. Call us today at (414) 271-0900 to discuss your options with a skilled legal professional.