Being injured by a product that a consumer reasonably thinks is safe is a difficult position to be in. Dangerous and defective products can cause serious injuries and harm to victims and those who have manufactured, distributed or sold dangerous or defective products may be liable to compensate victims for their injuries.
Products liability protections help keep the public safe and hold all the parties in the chain of distribution liable for any harm caused by a dangerous or defective product. Liability can extend to a manufacturer, the wholesaler, the distributor, or the retail store involved in this chain. Products liability law is designed to ensure the public is kept safe from dangerous and defective products.
If you have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, you may wonder who is responsible for the harm you have suffered and who may be responsible to compensate you for your injuries and the damages you may suffer as a result such as medical expense, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.
Consumers have the right to expect that they can safely use and operate the products they purchase, including vehicles. Car manufacturer Ford recently announced a recall of 874,082 F-150 pickup trucks due to fire concerns. A faulty engine block heater cable is to blame. The auto manufacturer is aware of three fires that have resulted from the defect. Corrosion of the cable can cause damage over time, leading to fire.
Consumers use many products in the course of their daily lives from their vehicle to the crib their child sleeps in every evening to the lawn mower they use to clip their grass and trim their lawn. This blog recently discussed some of the complexities of products liability law and provided answers to question that might come up when victims have been injured by a dangerous or defective product but it can also be helpful to understand what those circumstances may look like.
Products liability is an area of the law that can be complicated but is extremely important for victims of a defective or dangerous product or drug to understand. Unfortunately, thousands of victims are injured each year by dangerous and defective products and drugs which is why victims should be familiar with how products liability laws can protect them.