Defective Products Lawyers
Each year there are countless thousands of people that are injured by
defective products. These products, despite consumer protection laws that
are in place, enter the market and cause harm. Sadly, there are also many
deaths associated with defective products.
Consumers purchase products, allow medical equipment to be used on their
bodies, or drive vehicles that they purchased under the assumption that
they are safe. When it's found that these products are not safe, the
consumer has the right to seek compensation for their injuries and losses
under a product liability claim.
Types of Product Liability Claims
There are three categories in which a person can file a product liability claim.
- Design Defect. This type of claim shows that the initial design of the
product was defective. This effect should have been discovered before
the product went into manufacturing.
- Manufacturing Defect. This type of claim shows that the actual manufacturing
process is what is causing the product to be defective and injure people.
- Advertising or Instructional Defect. This type of defect indicates that
the company who produced the product is advertising the product incorrectly
and people are being injured, or the instructions to use the product are
incorrect and are causing harm.
These types of liability claims can be applied to any type of consumer product.
Common Products Involve In Product Liability Cases
While any product can be subjected to a product liability claim, there
are some types of products that have more claims associated with them
than other products. Some of these products include:
- Beauty Products
- Children’s Toys
- Automotive Parts
- Medical Devices
- Kitchen Appliances (Small)
However, any product that causes harm to a consumer due to one of the above
stated defects can be subject to a product liability lawsuit.
Dangerous Product Statistics
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is a government agency that
tracks defective and dangerous consumer products. According to their 2013
report on consumer safety:
- Over $1 trillion in damages occur each year due to defective consumer products.
This total includes injuries, deaths and property damage costs.
- Between 2008 and 2013, the CPSC was involved in recalling over 473 products
due to their hazardous nature which amounted to over 116 million items.
- Fires due to faulty kitchen equipment caused over $20 billion in damages
and took over 2,000 lives in a three period that the CPSC documented in
- The most common defect n children’s toys are high levels of lead
or phosphorous which leads to sickness, followed closely by choking hazards.
- Faulty vehicle equipment and medical devices have become a leading cause
of injuries among consumers.
What To Do If You Are Injured By A Defective Product
If you have been injured by a defective consumer product, there are certain
steps that you should take to protect your rights as an injury victim.
These steps include:
- Seek Medical Care. Stabilizing your health and caring for your injuries
is your first priority. If you have been injured, seek immediate medical
care. If your injury is a result of faulty medical equipment, seek medical
care to have the issue corrected.
- Document The Injury. You will want to document your injury and the event
leading to that injury as much as possible. Take pictures of the defective
product. Take pictures of the surrounding area if the injury also caused
physical damage to your home or car. Take pictures of your injuries. If
the injury was related to a medical device that you cannot physically
see, document everything that led up to you knowing that you were being
injured by the product and everything you can think about the injury itself.
- Store The Product. You will want to place the product in its current condition
into a container so that it is not affected in any way. You want to be
able to present the evidence of the defective product. So not use the
product again and do not alter, repair, or otherwise change the product
that harmed you. Not having the actual product that caused harm, or altering
it in any way can make it impossible for you to make a claim for compensation.
Speak To A
Product Liability Attorney. You have specific rights under the law to seek damages for your injuries
and losses from a defective product. Consult an attorney that handles
product liability cases.
We Are Here To Help
The Doan Law Firm aggressively represents their clients that have been
injured by a defective product. We understand the frustration that our
clients feel when their entire lives have been changed because of an injury
due to a defect in an item they purchased to use.
We offer a free consultation to evaluate your case and explain your rights
as an injured consumer. Our office can be reached 24/7, and there is always
someone available to answer your questions.
Contact us today to see how we can help you.
We know that your life changed when you were injured. We are here to help
you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries so that you can
bring your life back into order again.