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Types of Products Liability Cases
While we benefit from innumerable products for sale in this country, we are exposed to a variety of risks by using them. Products that cause injury and even wrongful death range from cars and trucks to children’s furniture and toys. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured by a product, contact a products liability attorney from Carter Craig, Attorneys at Law in Danville, VA, for guidance on how to proceed.
Consumer products can, unfortunately, be dangerous if they are defectively designed, defectively manufactured, or come with inadequate warnings or instructions. The following nonexclusive list describes some types of products that can harm consumers.
Automobiles and tires: The drivers of cars, trucks, and motorcycles are at the mercy of the product manufacturers, wholesalers, and sellers. If the products that compose a vehicle are unsafe, causing a car’s brakes to fail or an SUV’s tire to blow out, serious accidents can result. Litigation involving defective vehicles and tires must allege, in most states, that the product was defective; the product was therefore unreasonably dangerous; the product was defective when it left the control of the manufacturer or seller; and the plaintiff’s injuries were caused by the defective component or tire.
Toys and children’s furniture: Designers and manufacturers of products intended for children need to keep a sharp eye on safety. If a child who uses an item in a foreseeable manner is likely to be injured, the manufacturer may be liable when an injury occurs. Toys that contain small parts or hazardous chemicals could be harmful or deadly to children even if used properly. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) provides guidelines on children’s items and information on recalls. In the past, cribs, dolls, clothing, car seats, and numerous other items have been recalled. Keeping a watchful eye on both children and recall notices will help to increase safety.
Pharmaceuticals and medical devices: Defects in medical products can occur at any stage, including the item’s design, manufacture, testing and warning/instructions; the physician’s prescription; and the pharmacist’s distribution. Sometimes medication causes harm because the manufacturer concealed adverse testing results. In other cases, the manufacturing process allowed contaminants into the product. The harm that results can be devastating. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates pharmaceutical and medical devices. If the manufacturer did not comply with FDA regulations, it might be easier for a plaintiff to recover compensation. Depending on the case and the state in which it occurs, the plaintiff may recover general damages for pain and suffering, special damages for monetary losses, and even punitive damages if the defendant acted with malice or recklessness.
Power tools: Powered hand tools can cause grave injuries. When the user has not been sufficiently warned of the dangers or the tool has a design or manufacturing flaw, the tool may be unreasonably dangerous and leave the manufacturer open to liability. If a tool does not have a necessary blade guard, for instance, or the instructions fail to warn the user to wear protective gloves, the manufacturer may be liable for the user’s injuries.
Speak to a products liability lawyer
If you have been injured by a product that was defectively designed or manufactured or did not come with adequate warnings, you may have a case against the manufacturer or seller. The laws vary from state to state, so it is important to contact an attorney from Carter Craig, Attorneys at Law in Danville, VA, to discuss your situation.
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