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Product Liability

Manufacturers have an obligation to consumers who purchase and use their products. They must ensure these products are safe to use as marketed. Unfortunately, manufacturers often put profits over the safety of their consumers. When this happens, the injuries that can result are often very serious. If you have been injured due to a defective product, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages.

What is Product Liability Law?
Product liability is the area of law that holds all parties involved in the manufacturing, production, and sale of a product accountable for the injuries caused when the product does not function properly. There are several parties who may potentially be held liable if you are injured by a defective product:

  • Manufacturer
  • Wholesaler
  • Retailer

The appropriate parties to hold accountable for your injuries will be based on the specifics of your case. Through a detailed consultation with you and a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances of your claim, Bradford & Albert will determine who should be held responsible for the injuries that you sustained.

Types of Product Defects
There are three different types of defects that may result in your having a valid product liability claim:

  • Design defects
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Marketing defects

Design defects refer to a flaw in the actual design of the product. As a result, these defects exist in the earliest stages of product development and usually will impact every product on the line that is manufactured based on these flawed plans.

Manufacturing defects exist when the product was initially designed properly, but there was an error in the way these designs were followed when the product was manufactured. In many cases, manufacturing defects will only impact the small number of products that were constructed negligently.

Marketing defects involve instances where the instructions provided with the product fail to warn consumers of potential dangers or do not accurately inform consumers how to use the product safely and properly. Examples of marketing defects include:

  • Improper labeling of products
  • Insufficient instructions
  • Failure to warn consumers of a product’s hidden dangers
  • Negligent misrepresentation of a product’s uses and safety

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