Dangerous and defective products enter the marketplace every year unbeknownst to consumers. Unfortunately, unsafe products are the cause of thousands of injuries each year and even some cases of wrongful death. When a person suffers an injury as a result of a dangerous product, the injured victim should consider pursuing a product liability claim.
Product liability claims are legal claims against manufacturers—holding them liable—for putting dangerous products into the hands of consumers. When products that are sold in the marketplace end up being dangerous and injuring people, injured consumers have the legal right to hold the manufacturer accountable for such injuries and losses.
Understanding more about product liability claims will help you determine if you have a valid claim, which is why we provide further information when it comes to defective product claims.
Types of Defective Products That Can Cause Injuries
- Defective vehicles. There have been many motor vehicle recalls over the last several years due to defective design, parts, materials, and manufacturing. When cars have a defect of any kind, innocent motorists are likely to be needlessly injured in car accidents. From defective airbags to defective tires, almost all motor vehicle manufacturers are guilty of putting dangerous and defective vehicles on the market.
- Defective children’s products. From dangerous cribs and toys that cause injuries to defective car seats that can cause death, there are many products on the market designed for babies and kids that are actually dangerous and can lead to serious injuries and even death.
- Defective medical devices. Medical appliances, equipment, and supplies are supposed to help patients and not harm them; however, many patients have been injured by defective medical devices. Some different types of medical devices that have been of concern in recent years include implanted defibrillators, pacemakers, shoulder and hip implants, and stents, to name a few.
- Defective consumer appliances. These types of dangerous products are usually found in our households. Some examples of dangerous products can include defective space heaters that catch fire, electric blankets that shock the user, and other household appliances and products that malfunction and start fires.
Three Main Causes of Defective Product Accidents
- Defects in design. Every product that makes it to the marketplace begins with a design. When a design is flawed, products can be dangerous and cause injuries. If a product could have been designed differently to prevent an injury and the manufacturer knew it could have made the product safer, an injured consumer may have a legal claim for damages.
- Defects in manufacturing and workmanship. When a well-designed product is improperly manufactured and causes injuries to consumers, the manufacturer should be held liable for allowing a poorly made product to end up in retail stores. Unfortunately, things can go wrong when products are assembled, and consumers wind up paying with their health.
- Defects in marketing and labeling. When products that are sold on the marketplace don’t have the correct labels, safety warnings, and instructions concerning the proper use of the product, manufacturers could be liable for injuries that occur as a result of such marketing defects.
Types of Injuries Caused by Defective Products
- Burn injuries. Defective consumer products can malfunction causing fires that can seriously damage several layers of skin, tissue, and even muscles and nerves. Any time a person suffers a burn, it can be painful and expensive to treat. Many burn injuries require skin grafts, plastic surgery, and even psychological treatment. This is why burn victims need to hold negligent parties responsible for their injuries and losses in order to collect fair compensation for their damages.
- Car accident injuries. When tires, brakes, airbags, or other parts on vehicles are defective, drivers and passengers may suffer head trauma, facial injuries, eye injuries, broken bones, lacerations, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and even death. When innocent motorists are injured as a result of defective vehicles or defective parts, they have a legal right to bring a claim against the manufacturer.
- Wrongful death. When defective vehicles, defective children’s products, defective medical devices, or defective household appliances cause consumers to suffer fatal injuries, the family of the deceased needs to hold the negligent party liable through a wrongful death claim.
Holding Manufacturers Responsible Through Legal Claims
Product liability cases don’t just rest with the manufacturer of the product. Sometimes an injured person may have a legal claim against the party that assembled the product, the manufacturer of the parts, the wholesaler, or the retail store that sold the product. Because product liability cases can be complex, it is wise to involve an injury attorney after being injured by a consumer product. A lawyer can help injured consumers hold negligent parties liable for such defects and collect compensation for injuries and other damages. Compensation can include:
- Medical expenses. An injured consumer should be compensated for any and all medical bills related to the injury caused by the unsafe product. These expenses can include costs for emergency room visits, diagnostic tests, prescriptions, surgeries, doctor’s visits, physical therapy sessions, rehabilitation, and counseling treatments, among others.
- Lost wages. A consumer hurt by a dangerous product may have suffered serious injuries that may cause him or her to miss months or years of work. In this event, the injured victim should be compensated for such lost income. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, it is possible that the injured consumer may also be entitled to collect future lost income and benefits.
- Other damages. When defective products cause consumers physical injuries and pain as well as emotional trauma, they should be compensated for such suffering. Additionally, many injured consumers need to be compensated for out-of-pocket expenses, such as hiring a nanny or house cleaner.
No consumer should be injured by defective and unsafe products. When they are, they should pursue product liability claims to collect much-needed compensation for their injuries, recoveries, and other losses. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a faulty product, it is important to have a knowledgeable injury attorney on your side who knows the product liability laws and will fight to get you the best possible outcome. Call us today at (703) 591-0067 to discuss your potential defective product claim, and we will answer your questions and review your case in a free consultation.