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Everything You Need to Know About Product Liability


This week we address a topic that we get a lot of calls and emails about–Product Liability.

Some products on the market are carefully tested and labeled for consumer protection. Some products, however, present a serious threat to consumers. Using these products can result in serious injuries and harm.

Common dangerous products include:

  • Vehicles,
  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications,
  • Household items,
  • Some types of toys

In some cases, the manufacturer fails to warn consumers about known problems or hazards. For example, a pharmaceutical manufacturer may fail to notify consumers of dangerous side effects that may exist with their medications. A toy manufacturer may receive reports of consumer injury, but not take action for fear that a recall would be costly or harmful to their image. In these cases, the manufacturer may be held liable for not notifying the public or providing sufficient warnings regarding their products.

In other cases, problems occur during manufacturing. When manufacturers do not aggressively ensure that they adhere to proper standards, products may be unsafe. For example, if a cookie manufacturer does not properly maintain their baking equipment and metal shavings accidentally get baked into the cookies, the manufacturer may be liable for any injuries that may occur.

Sometimes the design of the product, itself, presents a problem. For example, large top-heavy sports utility vehicles may be prone to flip when the driver turns rapidly. If a design flaw caused the product to be inherently unsafe, the manufacturer may be held responsible.

In order to pursue a product liability case, we must show that the product itself caused harm. We will employ the help of experts to analyze the product to determine what dangers exist. It is important to keep any materials that may be related to the dangerous product. Retain product packaging, the product itself, any instructional materials included with it, and a product receipt if you have it.

Remember, you can contact the Nelson, Bryan and Cross for help on your case at any time for a free, no obligation consultation. Often we can tell you whether or not you have a case during our initial conversation. Manufacturers that produce dangerous products must be held responsible when consumers are injured. We will put you first and demand the compensation you deserve so that you can recover from your injuries. Contact the Nelson, Bryan and Cross today.

The accident and injury lawyers at Nelson, Bryan & Cross represent clients in most areas including Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death Cases, Personal Injury Actions, Social Security Disability, Defective Products, Insurance Disputes and Bad Faith, Fire Loss cases, Trucking Accidents, Worker’s Compensation, Drug Recalls, Employment Law and Property Damage Claims. Call 387-7777 for a free consultation.

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