When you purchase an item, you expect it to work as intended. The last thing you’d expect is for it to malfunction, causing you serious injury. This is the case and products liability claims.
Unexpecting consumers purchase defective products that malfunction, and are capable of causing harm. Before you make the decision to pursue a product liability claim, continue reading to learn the important details surrounding a defective products claim.
Blame In A Product Liability Case
When you’re filing a defective products claim, there is potential for anyone involved in the chain of distribution of the item to be held accountable for the harm caused by their product. This includes manufacturers, distributors, safety inspectors, retail outlets, and anyone else who played a part in that particular product making its way to the shelves.
Each and every entity had an obligation to ensure that the product was safe prior to it being made available for purchase. To be successful in your claim, you’ll need to prove negligence on the part of the at-fault person or party.
Some instances of product liability negligence could include a safety inspector letting a malfunction slip by, or perhaps the manufacturer failing to consider the ramifications if the item malfunctioned.
The Problem With Unavoidably Unsafe Products
A product that is unsafe by design can be an issue in product liability cases, because it is difficult to prove that the item malfunctioned or was faulty, and that it caused you injury in some way, because the product in question is already dangerous.
For example, there is no way to make a knife safer without ruining its effectiveness by dulling the blade. Your attorney will need to establish that the product wasn’t unsafe, and that human error didn’t cause the injury; rather, the item did not work as designed, and negligence on the part of another was the direct cause of the damage done.
A Skilled Attorney Can Help You Get Your Costs Covered
When you are facing a mountain of medical bills, emotional strain, and damages to your lifestyle, in addition to the household expenses that need to be paid despite having to take time off of work to focus on your recovery, you need a defective product lawyer who can help you hold the liable party accountable for their actions and secure the compensation you need to pick up the pieces of your life.