When you go to the store and buy something, you probably assume that it’s safe to use. In fact, you are probably not giving the safety of the product a second thought. This is likely the same for the food you buy from the grocery store and the medication you give your children. In general, you trust that consumer products will not cause you harm.
Unfortunately, consumer products can cause you harm in ways that you may not expect. If you suffered injuries or became ill as a result of a dangerous, defective or mislabeled product, you have options. You may not know it, but it is possible to hold manufacturers and other parties accountable for your pain and suffering through a products liability claim.
Specific types of defects
There are different ways that dangerous consumer products can cause you harm. If you think you may have grounds for a claim, one of the most important aspects of successfully pursuing compensation is to determine what type of defect led to the problem. Knowing this can help identify the liable party and give you a stronger chance of a successful claim. The most common types of product defects include:
- Defects in manufacturing — If there is a problem in the actual making of a product or assembly process, it can lead to a faulty product. This may be the result of poor workmanship, faulty parts and other issues with the manufacturing process.
- Defects in design — When a product has a poor design, it will cause problems at other steps in the process. Designs should be tested and reviewed before manufacturing the product.
- Defects with the warnings and labels — The makers of consumer products have a responsibility to make sure they properly label their products. This includes having any necessary warnings on the labels and including instructions for proper use.
When something goes wrong with a consumer product, it is likely because of one of these reasons. As a victim, you do not have to suffer in silence. An assessment of your case can help you see what options are available to you and how you can move forward with the appropriate course of legal action.
A smart first step for you may be to seek an evaluation of your situation with an experienced California personal injury attorney. A legal advocate who knows the law can provide you with an accurate option regarding your potential recovery.