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Types of Product Liability Lawsuits

Oct 13, 2009 @ 11:16 AM — by Mitchell Proner

Product liability is an area of civil law where many manufacturers, retailers and common good suppliers can be held legally accountable if the use of their product results in the death or injury of a consumer.

The law was put into place for a number of reasons, but the most prevalent is to ensure that the general populace receives goods that are beneficial and not dangerous or harmful to them.

Despite these measures, some company’s put items on the market that can hurt the buying public. Whether this is intentional or not is not always the primary focus when it comes to product liability. Even a manufacturer that takes due safety precautions can be pursued in civil court if their product causes severe injury or death.

There are different types of product liability cases that stem from the type of product and in some cases, injury sustained.

Below is a short list of some of the more prevalent types of product liability lawsuits. While the list is not comprehensive, the below list indicates some of the top categories that this type of litigation falls under:

Defective Auto Parts

Roof crush created by a rollover event, faulty brakes or steering, engines fires, all of these can be listed as a basic fault in a car manufacturer’s design. When a car accident, even a solo one, occurs, investigators will look into the possibility that e car failed to respond due to a automaker’s defect. If and when they find this to be the case, injured victims of the family embers of a deceased individual can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the company.

Household Consumer Product

Many manufactures of household goods and electronics are prudent enough to put warning labels on their products so that consumers know the inherent dangers that could be present in them. Even still, there are some dangers that may not be readily apparent. An example of this would be an electric appliance with a fault in it that causes it to short out and cause a fire. This kind of fault could lead to property damage, injury or death.

It is the company’s duty to make sure that their products are in perfect working order before it reaches the consumer market. When they fail to do this, they can and could be held accountable for their negligence, especially when someone is injured or killed as a result.

Disease Causing Chemicals

Some products can have chemicals or ingredients in them that can result in injury or death due to a disease the agent produces. For example, cigarettes have been proven to cause lung cancer and emphysema. Because of this, some smokers have been able to sue cigarette makers and win.

The circumstances behind a product liability case are all different but they have a common thread. Someone was hurt or killed a result of a manufacturer’s disregard for public safety. Have you lost a loved one to a similar scenario?

Then you have rights and options! Contact the law firm of Proner and Proner today for a free case review and learn what you can do to fight back when a product you trusted causes pain, suffering and injury.

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