As American consumers, we have a right to expect that the products we purchase will not harm us. There is even a federal agency established expressly to protect us from injury or death from consumer products: the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

So why are there so many product recalls and hundreds of thousands of product liability lawsuits filed every year by consumers who are injured by the products they buy?

The fact is, sometimes manufacturers are careless – either in the way a product is designed, the way it is manufactured, or in the instructions or warnings they issue on how the product is to be used.

If a product has injured you or someone you know, there are laws to protect you, and to provide you with just compensation for your injury.

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 monetary 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.

PoolSafety.gov – the CPSC-sponsored website for pool and spa safety.

ATVSafety.gov – safety tips, national and state data on ATV safety as well as ATV recall information.

Roberts & Roberts focuses on helping people who have been injured in accidents or have been the victim of faulty products. Contact us to schedule your free consultation with our experienced personal injury legal team for the compassionate representation you deserve.

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