Product liability is a subset of personal injury law that some laypersons may have a difficult time understanding. There are different aspects of it, and proving liability and determining the extent of the liability might be difficult. This is one reason that it is wise to use a personal injury lawyer as a resource to determine liability and fault. Some cases have complexities that can deem more than one party to be at fault. The main component is proving that a defective product caused an injury or death. The following points will help you to understand three types of product liability. This can serve as a starting foundation as you explore your options around proving liability and your potential entitlement to compensation.
Product inventors and developers have a duty to ensure that their products give clear warning of any dangers associated with the use of their products. Many products on the market focus more on selling a product and making it look desirable. Their attention to notifying consumers about safety may not occur. In some cases, there might be a simple warning, and those could be determined insufficient in a product liability case. This is one of the reasons why it is not a bad idea to keep original packaging materials from purchased items. You will always have them to refer back to if needed. You should also ensure that you fill out warranty information online or via mail so that you are aware of product recalls.
The average investor knows that there are risks when creating prototypes for their products. These potential design flaws should be amended until a safe product is ready for distribution. However, sometimes products are released and the design flaws may cause injuries or other mishaps such as fires. This is similar to manufacturing defects but not the exact same type of lawsuit. Design defect injuries may occur even when product users use products as intended. The issue lies within the design of the products, such as a cutting part being positioned in a manner that results in a significant number of user complaints about cut fingers when using the product.
These defects represent issues that went wrong during the manufacturing process. They can be isolated incidents that may only affect one or a few items produced. However, the significance of the defects may be severe enough to cause bodily injury or loss of limbs. On the other hand, they might result in damaging the end consumer's property and possibly be compensable from a repair and replacement standpoint.
Personal injury lawyers may represent more than one client in a product liability case. This is sometimes done in the form of a class-action lawsuit. You do not have to take part and be listed in a class-action filing. A personal injury lawyer can discuss the pros and cons of filing a lawsuit as the sole victim, one of many in a class action, negotiating a settlement, and other options that may be available. This will ensure that you select the best option for your unique situation. To learn more, contact a law office like the Law Office of Robert Karwin