In manufacturing products intended for consumers like you, companies have a responsibility to ensure that they are distributing goods that satisfy the standard of safety that you expect. When a dangerous or defective product causes an injury to you or someone you love, it's important to claim the justice you're due.
Types of Product Defects
Did you know that you don't have to be the purchaser of the product to recover damages in product liability proceedings? Anyone injured by the product is fully within his or her rights to seek compensation. It also helps to be well-informed of the various types of product defects that may result in injury.
- Design defects. These exist in products from the earliest stages of their creation: design. If you and I can prove there's a cost-effective, alternative design that would've prevented injury, then we've got a case to work with.
- Manufacturing defects. When a product doesn't adhere to an initial design, or even the manufacturer's own specifications, these defects can occur. Manufacturing defects can be the easiest to work with, since we can look directly at the design or manufacturing standards to prove the product was defective. The law uses the doctrine known as "res ipsa loquitur" ("the thing speaks for itself") to prove how and why someone may have been negligent during the product's manufacture.
- Marketing defects. These defects include failures to label products properly. Instructions that prove to be insufficient for intended use or a failure to warn of danger are both causes for a product liability claim.