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People use consumer products during almost every daily activity. Sometimes these products break, but not always because they were old or not used properly. At times they break because they were not designed properly, or the manufacturer failed to warn of inherent dangers with the product—and when that happens, a consumer hurt by the product may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible.
If a defective product caused you injury, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. In order to claim that compensation, it may be important that you speak to a Medford product liability lawyer who could help you with your case. Contact an experienced injury attorney today to get started.
Types of Defective Products
Any product can be defective, and when it is, it could injure the person that is using it. While some defective products may not be overtly dangerous, there are other products that can cause extensive injuries when they are defective. Common products that can cause such injuries when they are defective include:
- Automobiles and their parts, particularly airbags, brakes, and the accelerator
- Chemicals, which could cause burns and respiratory problems
- Dangerous drugs, such as prescription medications
- Dangerous household products, such as cleaning solutions
- Home appliances, such as washers, dryers, and ovens
- Medical devices, such as a pacemaker
- Nail guns, chainsaws, table saws, and other power tools
- Toys, as well as other children’s products such as car seat carriers for infants and cribs
Consumers have the right to assume that those products are safe to use. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure that those products are in fact safe.
Types of Product Defects
With all products, there are three categories of defects that can occur and warrant the potential of a Medford product liability claim: design defects, manufacturing defects, and a failure to warn by the manufacturer.
A design defect is a flaw that occurs during the design stage of a product before it is even made. For instance, if a chainsaw is designed with no chain brake that stops the chain from turning around the saw, it could be considered a design flaw. This safety feature is typically included to keep people safe when using a chainsaw, largely when the tool has some kickback.
A manufacturing defect occurs after the product is designed and is in the process of being made. Keeping with the chainsaw example above, if the tool is designed with a chain brake but it is left out of the manufacturing process, that would be a manufacturing defect that could cause serious harm to consumers.
Failure to Warn Defects
Once the product is made, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to warn the public of any inherent risks associated with using the product. That is why so many prescription medications, household appliances, and children’s products come with warning labels and pamphlets when they are sold. The manufacturer must always warn of any such danger, and they could be found negligent of failing to warn if they fail to do so.
Product Liability Law
New Jersey places strict standards on manufacturers and the products they sell. Being a strict liability state, consumers that are injured from a defective product do not have to prove what the defect was that hurt them, or what stage of the manufacturing process the manufacturer was negligent in. They must only prove that the product was defective and that they were injured as a result.
Still, because consumers are going up against big companies and often major corporations, it is generally a good idea to retain a Medford product liability attorney who knows the law and could provide a better chance of a successful outcome in a products liability case.
How a Medford Product Liability Lawyer Can Help
You should be able to use any product knowing it will be safe to do so, and when that is not the case, you may be injured and left with medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other costs. An attorney could help you recover those costs by getting you the compensation you may be entitled to.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury from a defective product, contact a Medford product liability lawyer today.