Can a manufacturer be held liable for injuries caused by a defective product?

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Though many do not think about it, there are hundreds of products we use daily, from shoes and clothing to phones and cars. Even the toothbrush you use counts as a product! Because these products are heavily ingrained in our routines, you may not notice how frequently you reach for them. However, when one of these products leaves you injured, you may not know who can be held liable for these injustices. Keep reading to learn what to do if you are a victim of a defective product and how product liability attorneys can help you hold a negligent manufacturer liable.

What are common kinds of product defects?

There are many ways in which a product can be defective or broken. These often surround design and manufacturing defects. For example, if a hairdryer cannot withstand the highest heat setting it is capable of, causing it to melt, that is a design defect. But if the blowdryer is missing an important piece that prevents it from shocking the user, that would constitute a manufacturing defect.

Similarly, if a product is not correctly labeled, meaning there are no proper warnings to alert the user to the proper use or operation of the object, this constitutes a product liability claim.

The most common form of defective product comes from manufacturing in the automobile industry. Because there are so many parts required to make a car, they are more likely to be defective. However, this is nerve-wracking, as car accidents can be life-altering.

However, there are other standard household items that can be defective. Powertools, food, medication, electronic devices, and even hygiene products can all have flaws making them risky to operate.

Can I hold a manufacturer responsible?

If you suffer an injury due to the negligence of a manufacturer to ensure the product they are producing is free from defects that cause substantial harm to the user, you are likely eligible to file a lawsuit.

There are many people who can be held liable for a defective product. These parties include:

  • Designers
  • Manufacturers
  • Distributors
  • Retailers

Most often, the manufacturer will be held liable for a defect that causes injuries, as they are responsible for ensuring the construction of a part or whose product is up to standard. When these standards are not met, consumers are at serious risk of injuries. Even if the manufacturer demonstrated great care, they are still responsible for injuries caused by a defect in their production.

If you were injured by a product, understanding that you can recover compensation is vital. At Friedman Schuman, we understand how devastating and painful injuries caused by defective products can be. As such, we’re dedicated to helping you receive the justice you deserve. Contact us today to learn how we can fight for you during these challenging times.

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