What Is Product Liability?
Here are some answers about the question “what is product liability?” With so many news stories about exploding vape pens, defective electric scooters and burning hover boards, it can be confusing as to what a defective product really is.
Product liability is when a manufacturer or vendor sells a defective product to consumers that causes injury or death. When a buyer purchases a product, she expects it to work safely as advertised. When a product does not work as advertised, and causes injury or death, it is considered defective.
Who Can Be Held Responsible For Product Liability?
There are several parties that can be found legally responsible in a product liability lawsuit. They include:
- The product manufacturer
- Manufacturer of component parts
- Vendors who install the defective product
- A wholesaler
- Retail stores that sell the defective product to buyers
Any one, or a combination of the parties above can be named in a product liability lawsuit. For example, if a family member went on an airplane ride in a private plane and the engine propeller failed, causing her serious injury or death, the propeller manufacturer, the aircraft mechanic who installed the propeller and the pilot who inspected the propeller before the flight can all be sued in a product liability case.
Some famous product liability lawsuits that resulted in compensation to victims include tobacco products, defective car parts, silicone breast implants and asbestos.
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What Types Of Product Liability Exist?
There are three types:
- Defective designs – an original design, even before the product is manufactured
- Defective manufacturing – the defective product is a result of the assembly or manufacturer process
- Defective marketing – this includes wrong labeling, poorly worded instructions or a lack of adequate safety warnings
However, there are products that cannot be completely safe. As an example, a knife set that is advertised as being very sharp for exact cutting will carry some risk. Chainsaws also have some operating risk, as do electric circular saws. For products like these, following the manufacturer’s safety guidelines to the letter is critical.
How Can You File A Product Liability Lawsuit?
An experienced attorney will file the lawsuit for you or your loved ones. The Anastopoulo Law firm is ready to assist you in evaluating your situation and determining the compensation you may be entitled to for yourself or a loved one to help you recover lost wages and/or expensive medical bills due to defective products. Call us at 800-777-777 to learn more.
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