What does Product Liability Mean?
The term “product liability” refers to the creator or seller of that product taking responsibility for the injuries their products have caused. Many different government entities cover recalls, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). When it comes to children’s products, most product recalls are handled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Unfortunately, defects, mislabeling, poor marketing, and negligence are common and can happen at any level of production—from creating a flawed design and using the wrong materials on the manufacturing floor to publishing misleading claims in advertising.
Common examples include:
- Pharmaceutical Products
- Childcare Products
- Construction Equipment
- Defective Hip Implants
- Farm Equipment
- Household Products
- Medical Devices
- Car Seats
- Vehicle Components (Computer Errors & Tire Blowouts)
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What are the Most Common Types of Product Injury?
Defective products can cause any number of injuries, resulting in medical expenses and loss of income. Medical complications, pain and suffering, changes in quality of life can be ongoing consequences of a product injury. Common injuries, from even benign household products, include:
- Broken Bones
- Disfigurement or Dismemberment
- Spinal Cord Injury or Paralysis
- Loss of Sight or Hearing
- Loss of Motor Skills and Muscle Density
Should I Hire a Product Liability Lawyer?
Due to product defects not always being immediately publicized, and that some health effects are not fully known until after some time has passed, it is important to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible. They can investigate the product, contact industry experts, and work with your medical care teams, and determine whether or not you have a legal claim.
If you believe that you have a case from a defective product, contact a product liability lawyer who can help you get the compensation you deserve and prevent the product from injuring other people.