If you or someone you know has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, there are laws to protect you and provide you with just compensation for your injury. Legally speaking, there are three ways that a product can be found to be dangerous:
- Design: If the product was designed with a flaw or defect.
- Manufacture: If the product was manufactured incorrectly, thus making it dangerous.
- Failure to warn: If the product does not carry proper warnings or instructions and the subsequent use of the product is dangerous.
To be able to prove a product liability claim, you must demonstrate:
- Injury or loss. You must be able to prove that you suffered an injury or financial loss.
- Product defect. You must be able to prove that the product causing the injury or damage was defective.
- The product defect caused your injury. You must be able to prove that the defect caused your injury or loss.
- The product was used correctly. You must be able to prove that you used the product as specified by the manufacturer, or in a way that is reasonable to expect a consumer would use it.
Product liability law is not just about money; it also encourages manufacturers to be extra vigilant in protecting consumer safety. To ensure you are fully informed about any potentially dangerous products in your household, you can visit one or more of these consumer safety websites and search for the latest information on a wide range of consumer products:
- SaferProducts.gov -- browse the site by product category, search by keyword as well as view the latest list of product recalls.
- Recalls.gov – latest recall information for consumer products, motor vehicles, boats, food, medicine, cosmetics and environmental products.
The attorneys of Roberts & Roberts have the skill, experience and resources to fully investigate any serious accident or death. If you have a question about an accident involving a serious injury or fatality, please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.