If you have suffered damages or injury due to a product fault or defect you may be able to make a product liability claim. You will need to prove the item was defective, that you were using it as intended and it actually caused your injury/loss.
There are many types of product liability examples. Some manufacturing examples would be a lawn mower with a cracked blade, when started it flies out from under the machine and injures someone or incurs property damage. Another could be a tainted batch of toothpaste; which contains poisons that make someone ill or causes death. You can also have a design defect. An example of a design defect would be an electric blanket that shocks or electrocutes the user. You may also have a claim if there are no instruction on how to properly use something or if there is not an adequate warning on how not to use a something. For example, if you use a chainsaw, and it doesn’t state anywhere that when in use proper eye protection should be used and a branch pokes you in the eye when using the chainsaw; the chainsaw manufacturer may be liable.
One very large product liability category with a lot of grey area is automobiles. Driver errors are not the cause of all auto accidents, design flaws and defects that occur during the manufacturing process may cause many accidents; and may contribute to the damage and injury caused during an accident.
Have you seen all of the headlines lately? Every time you turn around someone is talking about car accidents related to airbag recalls, faulty door latches, sudden acceleration, seat belt failures, roof crush and lack of crash worthiness. So what can you when you have an accident related to a defective product such as a faulty air-bag or seat belt? Another word for this would be product liability (external link to product liability definition). Many parts of a vehicle may be defective, we have just listed some of the most common above.
Every day these defects cause catastrophic injury and death to both you and your loved ones.
Automobile makers know there are guidelines that need to be followed. These guidelines are mandated by the federal government. Automobile makers are a business like any other; they make adjustments to their designs to save money. Some even know they have a dangerous defect and do nothing to make it known. All for the almighty dollar.
Martin’s Mill Legal Center can get you the help you need and deserve.
Leo M. Flynn, Esquire knows about defective parts and product liability. Some product liability cases are easier than others to prove. He can help you decide what should be taken to court with his current knowledge of defective parts; and help uncover new defective parts not seen before and get you justice.
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