What is a Product Liability Claim?

What is a Product Liability Claim?

When consumers buy a new product they expect that the product will work as it should and cause no harm. In many cases, however, defective products can cause injuries to users, and in extreme cases, even death. In legal terms, people who sustain injuries from defective products may be eligible to file a product liability claim. If you are facing a product liability claim, it is vital to hire an experienced personal injury attorney in Tampa Bay to represent you in your case.

Defective products that can qualify as a product liability claim fall into three different categories:

  1. Products with a design defect: When an entire line of products is defective, even when made according to the manufacturer’s specifications, this means there is a defect in the design of the product. An example would be a car that flips over when turning corners or an electric blanket which electrocutes users when the product is on high.
  2. Products with a manufacturing defect: Manufacturing defects tend to only affect one product, rather than a whole line of products, and occur during the production process. Some examples include cough syrup tainted with a poisonous substance, a car that is missing brake pads, or a tea kettle with a hole.
  3. Products that lack instructions/warning labels: If a product does not contain instructions for proper use or a warning label about possible effects of misuse, consumers can sustain serious injuries. An example would be a hairdryer that lacks a warning label stating not to use the product around water.

Have you or a loved one been injured because of a defective product? You deserve compensation for your medical bills and emotional trauma. Reach out to us at Emerson Straw to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team today.