Products are considered to be defective when they have design, manufacturing, or marketing defects. When these flaws make the product unreasonably dangerous, victims have the right to pursue a product liability claim for compensation.
Here are descriptions of the three most common types of product defects.
Product manufacturers are required to design products that are reasonably safe when used as intended. If a product’s initial design makes it unreasonably dangerous, the manufacturer can potentially be held financially responsible for injuries that occur.
A defect can happen during the manufacturing process. For example, if a manufacturer attempts to cut costs by using low-quality materials to build their products, if the parts are not assembled correctly, or if a component is left out or damaged during production. Another potential manufacturing defect is contamination. Recalls for contaminated food are often in the news, as well as for prescription drugs, medical devices, and other products.
A company could be liable if a product has inadequate instructions regarding its proper use or fails to warn consumers of possible dangers associated with the product.
A breach of warranty occurs if a product becomes defective during the period in which it is still under warranty. If you’re injured by a defect within that time, you have grounds for a product liability case.
Product liability cases commonly involve defective:
However, any product has the potential to be dangerous if it is defective.
Depending on the circumstances, multiple parties may be liable for the injuries you sustain from a defective product. Those parties commonly include:
Other potential parties are a product designer or marketer, outside consultants or contractors, engineers, and any other party involved in a defective product’s chain of distribution.
Our San Diego Product Liability Attorney can help you determine if you have a product liability claim and which parties can be held liable for your losses. Call (619) 238-1811 or reach us online to schedule your free consultation.