When you buy a product as a consumer, you assume it is safe, well-designed, and manufactured carefully. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. In some cases, the manufacturer fails to provide adequate instructions or warnings regarding how to use the product or does not give ample attention to the item’s design, causing the product to become defective and dangerous.
Large and small corporations alike have an obligation to design and manufacture products that are safe and ready for use by consumers. When they fail to accomplish this, consumers are at risk of getting injured or worse.
Defective products can be dangerous for many reasons, in large part because they can put you at risk of significant personal injury. There are three main types of product defects:
- Manufacturing Defect
- Design Defect
- Failure to Warn
It should also be noted that the law regarding product liability claims is broken down into three different types of lawsuits:
- Strict Liability
- Breach of Warranty
Below we will go over each of the three main types of product defects in more detail.
This is the most obvious type of product liability claim and takes place when the product that resulted in an injury was not manufactured correctly. A product that is defectively manufactured is flawed because of some kind of error during the assembly stage.
When this type of defect occurs, the product’s design is inherently dangerous or defective. This means that the defect did not take place during the manufacturing process, but in the design phase. Products that are defectively designed include the entire line of products and are typically ‘perfectly made’ according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
Failure to Warn
This last type of product liability claim takes place when the manufacturer fails to include a warning about safe product use on the the label of the item in question. Failure to warn claims usually involve a product that is somehow dangerous, but not in a way that is obvious to the consumer.
To learn more about defective product liability claims or to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer from Atkins & Markoff, please contact our law firm today.