Americans have been led to believe that products wouldn’t be on stores’ shelves if they weren’t safe to use. Increasingly, however, they’re finding out that this isn’t true. Poisoned pet food, toys with unsafe amounts of lead, defective tires, tainted vegetables and dangerous prescription medications have all made the news in recent years — and all of them were defective products. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall tens of thousands of products each year because of defects that make them unsafe.
Product liability is an area of the law that assists people who have been injured by unsafe products, or the survivors of those who may have died as the result of an unsafe product. This area of personal injury law deals with injuries due to defective products. Corporations and manufacturers that produce or sell products have a responsibility to reasonably ensure that their products will not injure the persons using them.
If you have been injured by a defective product you may be entitled to monetary compensation for:
- lost wages
- pain and suffering
- mental anguish
- medical expenses
If someone has been injured while using a product, even if human error is partially to blame, they may still be entitled to monetary compensation for their injuries because manufacturers are required to take into consideration the possibility of human error. An appliance or consumer product should be designed to function safely in the event of human error. A product may be defective if the product was not labeled with sufficient instructions or warnings about necessary precautions because the manufacturer failed to do so.
The Law Office of Stanley C. Franklin represents individuals who have suffered an injury from a dangerous or defective product. If a consumer product, such as a medical device, clothing, motor vehicle, or tool, has injured you or someone you love, please call us to set up a free consultation.