Products liability law relates to the duty that a supplier of commercial goods has to the consumer of those goods. If a business wants to make a profit by selling a product to an individual, they have an affirmative duty to make sure that product will be reasonably safe for the consumer to use. This duty extends from retailers to suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers whose efforts make products available to the public.
Products liability law cases have been instrumental in protecting the daily safety of millions of Americans. Safe tires, proper safety belts in cars, effective child car seats, safe lawn mowers, the removal of dangerous asbestos insulation, as well as proper warnings and the recall of unsafe products are all a result of individuals standing up for their rights through litigation against powerful corporate interests.
Every one of use relies on a tremendous number of consumer goods every day. From the toothpaste we use in the morning, to the safety components of the automobiles we use to transport our families; we depend on hundreds of different products and the stream of commerce that deliver those products to us. When one of these products fails the consumer, and the consumer is injured as a result, a products liability lawsuit is often the only means for effective redress.
There are three theories that form the basis of products liability law:
- Manufacturing Defects – where a product departs from its intended design, even if all possible care was exercised.
- Design Defects – where the foreseeable risks of harm posed by the product could have been reduced or avoided by the adoption of a reasonable alternative design, and failure to use the alternative design renders the product not reasonably safe.
- Inadequate Instructions or Warnings Defects – where the foreseeable risks of harm posed by the product could have been reduced or avoided by reasonable instructions or warnings, and their omission renders the product not reasonably safe.
If you believe you may have suffered an injury due to a defective product, unreasonably dangerous product, or a product with an insufficient warning of the potential danger it presents, call X1Law. Where powerful corporate interests have caused you or your loved ones an injury X1Law is here to fight on your behalf.
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