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3 classes of product liability claims you might make

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2019 | Product Liability |

Consumers expect to purchase reasonably safe products. They never expect to get something home and suffer an injury because it was defective. Product liability cases work to hold the manufacturer or another liable party accountable for the damages that a consumer has due to an injury caused by the product.

Launching a claim for this issue means that you need to pinpoint the problem that occurred. There are three primary classes of product liability claims. You must handle each a bit differently.

  • Defective designs: This type of issue occurs when the person who designs the product didn’t have safety fully in mind. There might be a missing safety component or an aspect of the design that could be safer if the plans were different.
  • Defects from manufacturing: Things can happen during the manufacturing process that make the product unsafe. Drug contamination, improper welds or connections and missing components are examples of manufacturing defects.
  • Defects in the marketing: A primary component of this is the manual that comes with the product. Even if the instructions are on the box, all required warnings must be present. Missing alerts for things that can happen when a person is using the product as intended can lead to catastrophic harm.

Tying the injury to one of these classes might not be simple, but it is necessary if you are seeking compensation to recover financial damages. Carefully planning your product liability case and showing why the liable party should be held accountable for the issue can increase the chance of a successful claim. Remember to include all damages related to the incident, even those that you might incur in the future.


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