As a consumer, you have a right to protection from manufacturers who release dangerous, exploitative and ineffective products into the market.
If you sustain injuries or contract an illness that is attributable to the use of a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for the resulting damages by filing a product liability claim against the product manufacturer.
However, in any legal matter, you must prove certain elements while litigating a defective product claim. Here are some of these elements:
The product was directly responsible for your injury or illness
You must prove that the product directly caused your injuries or illness. Seeking treatment and obtaining medical records that link your injuries or illness to the use of the product in question can help strengthen your case.
The product was defective in one or more ways
Different types of defects can justify a product liability lawsuit. These defects can be:
- Design defects: The existence of flawed features, or lack of certain features, can make a product unsafe for use. A design defect can render an entire product line unsafe or harmful to the consumer.
- Warning defects: Manufacturers are required to provide sufficient warnings that prevent consumers from improper use of a product in a way that leads to injury.
- Manufacturing defects: Manufacturing defects occur during the products’ assembly or production that can make them unsafe for the intended use.
When you invest in a product, you hope it will serve you as intended. However, it is not uncommon for a product to be faulty, leading to an injury or illness. Find out how you can safeguard your rights while pursuing a product liability lawsuit.