Approximately, 22,000 consumers die from products that are defective every year, in the United States. Almost 30 million are injured by defective products, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
When a manufacturer produces products, the purpose should not be for gaining profits only. They should produce products that are safe to use. Consumers rely on safe products. No one should place their health or life in jeopardy when using a manufacturer's product.
Oftentimes, some manufacturers will cut corners in producing certain products, so they can meet a quota or increase profits. When a manufacturer produces a defective product and sells it to the general public, they should be responsible when their products fail and cause injuries or even death.
When products are found to be defective and caused injury/death, there are grounds for a product liability lawsuit.What is Product Liability?
Product liability is simply the legal liability of a manufacturer for selling or producing a defective product. Product liability provides consumers with legal recourse for damages or injuries they have sustained.
Whether it is a defective auto part or medical device that causes injuries (or death), a consumer expects his or her products to meet certain safety standards. In other words, consumers expect products to function safely and not cause harm.What Determines a Defective Product
When a consumer fails to utilize a product in the way that it was meant to be used, and they are injured, this is not considered a defective product. For example, if a person decides to use a flat iron grill that was designed to cook foods, and he/she uses it to iron out wrinkled clothes, the manufacturer of the product should not be held liable for injuries.
However, a manufacturer who does not warn consumers about the dangers of a product or if a product contains manufacturing defects, a consumer has a right to sue for damages.
At Anzalone Law Firm, PLLC, we represent clients who experienced injuries by an array of defective products, including products involving recalls. We also represent those who have lost loved ones due to product defects. Here are a few examples of defective products:
- Medical devices
- Pharmaceutical products
- Medication (Over-the-counter and prescription)
- Food products
- Food poisoning
- Cleaning products
- Fire detectors
- Work related machinery
- Household appliances
- Electrical equipment
- Children’s products (baby formula, car seats, cribs and toys)
- Automobiles and auto parts
These are just a few types of products that consumers sue for defects.What Proof Do You Need to Show for Product Defects?
If you still have the following details, it will be helpful to your case:
- Photos of the defective product
- Location where the injury occurred
- Actual product (if kept)
- Medical records to consider caused by the defective product
- Instruction manuals or product packaging
- Receipts to resolve damages caused by a company
In addition to the above, include a record of the time that you missed from work due to recovering from your injuries. If you have any witnesses, make sure you include their names and phone numbers.Have You Been Injured Due to a Defective Product?
If you have sustained injuries due to a defective product, you will need an experienced personal injury lawyer in Nashua. A good lawyer will be able to determine if you have the right to sue for product liability. For a free consultation contact us today or give us a call at: 603.548.3797.