Defective products injure many individuals annually, which is why product liability is the area of the law that holds manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers responsible for the injuries that result from a product that is found to be unsafe. Broken bones, brain trauma, spinal cord injuries and even death have occurred from defective products.
It is the responsibility of the manufacturers to ensure the products they sell are safe. It is also their duty to alert consumers when there is a recall of a defective product, and to ensure that proper warnings are in place. Many times, retailers have to pull products from their shelves and wholesalers have to ensure the product is not distributed to retail outlets.
Correct Product Use Vs. Incorrect Use
There are many times in which an individual may be injured from using a product incorrectly. If a product is used outside of its intended use, then, yes, it is possible than an injury may result. Nevertheless, the directions for product use are present on the label for good reason; this protects the manufacturer and all entities involved in the distribution and sale of the product from being held liable for an injury.
It is when the product is used as directed and an injury still results that a product liability issue comes about. Furthermore, the absence of proper warnings can also lead to injury and a product liability case can be filed. Improper warning labels have been known to cause burns, loss of limbs, shock, contusions and lacerations. In Minnesota, defective product lawyers have worked for clients to obtain high settlements from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers for medical expenses, lost wages due to the injury, pain and suffering and other appropriate damages, as well as funeral costs, loss of support and much more if the product led to the wrongful death of a loved one.
How Products Are Defective
Products are defective in a number of ways. Maybe a bottle explodes; a child's toy may be a choking hazard; electrical wiring in an electronic device may be faulty and lead to a fire; or a medication may have the improper dosing within it. There are so many possibilities. Here are some ways that a product is deemed defective:
- It is missing valid warnings.
- The design may be one that does not protect the user from certain injuries. For example, the design of a heater could easily lead to burns.
- Improper manufacturing can cause easy breakage of the product, resulting in injury.
When a product is defective, it must be proven by a technical expert who tests the product and ensures that it is dangerous when used as directed.
Twin Cities Defective Product Attorneys And Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured due a defective product, you may be able to seek monetary damages for disability, emotional distress, medical expenses now and in the future, loss of future earning capacity and pain and suffering. There are many areas for which you can be compensated, which is why you can expect us to work hard for you. Take the first step by calling 612-332-2000 or fill out our contact form for your free case evaluation.