When anyone buys a product, they assume it will function properly and that it is safe to use. Majority of the time, this is the case and there are no issues. Sometimes, if a manufacturer does not ensure the safety of their customers when creating products and they can become defective. If a product is defective, it could malfunction and accidents may happen, putting consumers at the risk of being seriously injured. When injuries occur at the fault of a company’s negligence, they may be held responsible for causing the injury. This is known as product liability. If you were injured because of a defective product, it is important to contact an experienced attorney.
What is Product Liability?
Companies have an obligation to their consumers to create products that are safe for them to use. This is called product liability. When companies fail to do so, product liability holds them responsible for creating a faulty product. If a manufacturer makes a mistake or deviates from the usual protocol in producing products, they may become defective and cause injuries to consumers who use them. This can be seen with items such as children’s toys, appliances, or motor vehicles. If a manufacturer produces something that may cause injury if it is used incorrectly, product liability requires them to provide a label with instruction on how to use the product safely. If they fail to do so, the manufacturer could be held responsible if an individual is hurt as a result of their neglect. If a person is injured because of a defective product, they may be able to hold the company responsible through product liability laws.
Types of Cases
There are many ways an individual may find themselves injured at the expense of a defective product. There are three different types of defect cases that are typically seen in court:
- Design defect: A product’s design could cause an injury if a designer does not consider the consumer’s safety when they design it. In a lawsuit, the injured person must prove a safer and economically feasible alternative design exists and could have been used.
- Manufacturer defect: If a manufacturer does not follow the usual protocol when creating a product, it may have defects that can injure a consumer. In a lawsuit, the injured must prove that guidelines were not followed when creating the product.
- Failure to warn: If a company does not provide warning labels for products that can cause harm if they are used incorrectly. It is important not to throw out the product as it can be used in court as evidence.
If a person is injured at the expense of a defective product, they may receive financial compensation for the injuries. When medical assistance is sought, the injured individual may find themselves overwhelmed with bills and other expenses. If a manufacturer is responsible for the injury, they may owe the individual compensation to cover the costs.
Contact our Firm
If you have been injured as a result of a defective product and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi today.
The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented clients who have been injured throughout the state of Maryland due to the negligence of another party for nearly 30 years. If you require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.