Defective Products and Lawsuits
Today, now more than ever we hear of stories of people being harmed through defective products. Sometimes its machinery, toys, equipment. Defective product suits seem to be gaining in popularity. Many times corporations will attempt to recall a defective product but this is usually done after there has already been significant harm or damage. You as a consumer do have rights and corporations have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safe. The purpose of this article is to show what defines a defective product and what you can do if you have suffered an injury through a company's negligence.
What defines a defective product?
In general terms, a product is considered defective if it is unreasonably dangerous, does not carry sufficient warnings or the manufacture files to provide complete and adequate instructions for use of the product.
What if I get something that doesn't work property is that sufficient ground for a defective product lawsuit?
No, if this is your case then you should just return the product for exchange or refund. For you to be able to bring a defective product suits, there has to be sufficient harm done through negligence or incompetence.
Won't the company just say that I didn't use it properly?
They may try but if you can demonstrate that the product presented unreasonable dangers when used under reasonable circumstances then you have a good chance of brining a defective product lawsuit.
What should I do if I feel I have been harmed by a defective product?
You should gather as much documentation as possible. Keep receipts and names and addresses from where you bought the product. If anyone witnesses the injury then take their statements as well. Take photographs and if possible video tape. Do not call the company because they may not have your best interests in mind.
What can an attorney do for me?
An attorney that specialized in personal injury claims can advise you on the merits of your case. They also may be able to advise you on what types of compensation you can expect. Generally you can claim for medical expenses, loss of wages due to messed work, pain, suffering and mental anguish.
Defective products can cause injury or even kill. Some companies will attempt to do the right thing but many will deny liability. Brining a suit against a defective product will help hold corporations accountable for their negligence and incompetence.