Few things are more frustrating than making a purchase you’re excited about only to get your new item home to realize it doesn’t work properly. Defective products aren’t particularly uncommon, especially when consumers spend very little money on something while expecting amazing results. Defective products can be returned for a refund, exchanged for a new item, and sometimes they’re tossed aside and forgotten about. When a defective product causes injuries to a person or damage to someone’s property, however, the game changes. Defective products of this nature become a problem rather than a nuisance.
Product Liability Law
Federal law states all products are required to keep consumers safe based on manufacturing standards. Any defective item a consumer purchases must work well and accurately as described on the packaging, and it must not cause harm to a consumer on its own when it’s used in accordance with the instructions included with the product. This does not apply to any product that’s used against its recommended use or intentionally used as a weapon against a person or their property.
If a consumer purchases a brand-new car, they expect their car to work properly. If the brakes malfunction for no reason as the car is driven off the dealer’s lot and the new driver is injured in the crash, this is considered a defective product. If a person buys a new car and deliberately runs it into the back of another car because that other car cut them off in traffic, this is not considered a defective product. Federal law states only items used correctly that malfunction on their own are considered defective products.
Injuries and Defective Products
When an item does not work as described, it can cause serious injury or damage. There are several reasons a product might malfunction:
– Manufacturer design or engineering
– Improper instructions included with product
– Inadequate warnings on label
– Product is knowingly unsafe but still sold to consumers
These products can range from toy guns without warnings to use outdoors and not to aim it at other people to cars that have a defect the manufacturer is not aware of. The injuries that can occur as a result of this kind of negligence are numerous.
– Broken bones
– Loss of limb
– Loss of vision or hearing
Depending on the product and the defect that causes harm to a consumer, the health effects or damage caused to a person’s body or home can be life-changing. That’s why federal law mandates all items must be properly labeled, contain proper instructions, and be tested numerous times to ensure damage or injury is not caused by product defect prior to marketing and selling any item.
Defective Product Lawsuits
If a consumer is injured or their property is destroyed by a defective product, you might have reason to file a lawsuit. Let a personal injury attorney who specializes in defective product lawsuits be there to help you with your needs. The job of a defective product attorney is to begin an investigation into the product and the incident to accumulate evidence, fact, and proof that a person was injured as a result of a product that didn’t work properly. If you’re injured, you deserve a chance to be compensated for your injuries as well as other problems you incur because of negligence.
Compensation for Defective Products
When you use a product correctly and it malfunctions, the injuries and/or damage caused to your person or home are not your fault. As a consumer, you make purchases with the reasonable expectation that following the instructions on the packaging will result in a fun or useful experience that does not cause harm or damage. If a product you need to use around the house or for fun with the kids stated it was dangerous and could harm you or your kids no matter how safely you use it, you wouldn’t purchase it. Federal law is designed to keep this concept in mind, which is why there are legal ramifications for defective products and those who manufacture them. Those legal ramifications are financial, and you’re the one who benefits from those.
– Medical bills
– Lost wages
– Inability to work
– Decreased earning capacity
– Pain and suffering
– Funeral costs
If a defective product injures you, it can change your life forever. Medical bills accumulate as you visit the doctor to handle your injuries. If your injuries are severe, you might not be able to work for several weeks or months while you recover. This is considered lost wages. If your injuries cause you paralysis or disable you in even a minor way that prevents you from working in your specific line of work, it could result in a decreased earning capacity or even the inability to work. This causes you to suffer financially if you’re unable to work to afford to pay your bills and expenses.
Anyone injured by a defective product could suffer from pain and suffering. A good example of pain and suffering is a person who is injured by a defective vehicle and develops emotional issues such as irrational fear of driving or riding in a car. This fear could require psychological help that’s expense, time-consuming, and life-long. If a defective product results in the death of a loved one, it’s a wrongful death and the compensation you receive from the company or manufacturer at fault will cover the costs of funeral expenses.
Let a personal injury attorney help you find the compensation you deserve if you’re injured by a defective product. You didn’t expect one product to change your life forever, and it’s not your fault. Let the person or company responsible for your pain and suffering take care of the expenses you’ve incurred as a result of their negligence. Your life has changed enough without worrying about your financial future.
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