When you purchase something, whether it’s a car for your family, a toy for your child, or a necessary medical device, you assume that products will perform the way it is supposed to and that you will be safe while using it. When the product causes you harm that could have been avoided, that is where product liability comes in. Product liability is the area of the law in which consumers can bring claims against manufactures and sellers for products that cause harm.
Product liability cases are an important part of our legal system. They provide compensation to a consumer who was harmed when they should not have been. They compel companies to fix problems with existing products. Avoiding product liability cases motivate companies to make sure products are completely safe before they hit the marketplace. Keeping you safe is the reason the product liability lawyers are so important to our community.
Product liability is a form of strict liability. A manufacturer is liable any time it is shown that their product is defective in manufacturing, design, or marketing.
Design defects occur before the product is ever produced. Even if it is manufactured perfectly and made of the best-quality materials, the product will never function the way it is supposed to or keep you safe because of a design flaw. It is a company’s responsibility to test and re-test a design, making sure that it is as safe as it can possibly be before it ever reaches the manufacturing stage.
Sometimes the design is impeccable, but the execution of the design is flawed. Manufacturing defects occur when a design plan is not followed, or sub-par materials are used, or errors are made during the manufacturing process. A lot can go wrong during the manufacturing stage. It is a company’s responsibility to make sure that nothing is overlooked during manufacturing.
There are products that will always have a safety risk to the consumer, especially if they are used incorrectly. Therefore, it is the company’s responsibility to educate the consumer on a how a product can be used safely. If a company does not provide the consumer with enough information to keep themselves safe, they can be liable for causing you harm.
When you purchase an item you assume that if you use the product correctly it will not cause you harm. Every company is responsible for doing anything necessary during the design, manufacturing and marketing process to make sure you and your family are safe with their product. The Snapka Law firm is here to stand by you when a company betrays your trust by putting you in harms way with faulty products. Know that you have someone you can turn to if a defective product causes you or the ones you love harm.