What Every Consumer Should Know About Defective Products

As consumers, we rely on manufacturers to provide us with safe and effective products to help manage our busy daily lives. In contrast to benefiting society, defective products can cause serious injury or even death.

Every consumer should know basic information about defective products in order to protect themselves and their families. If you have been injured by a defective product, a defective product attorney can help you file a lawsuit in order to receive compensation for your injuries.

Three types of product defects

There are three main types of product defects:

  • Defects in design
  • Defects in manufacturing
  • Defects in warnings

Defects in design include instances where some part of the product fails or does not perform properly. A defect in manufacturing is when the defect is caused by an error in manufacturing. A defect in warning is when a manufacturer fails to sufficiently warn of a possible undesirable effect of using the product, such as fire hazards.

Strict liability

In California, manufacturers are strictly liable for defective products. You do not have to prove that the manufacturer was negligent in the making of the defective product, only that the death or injury was the result of a manufacturing error. California’s strict liability standard makes it easier for a plaintiff to recover compensation in a defective product lawsuit.

Common types of defective products

Although any product can be considered defective if it meets the legal requirements, below are some common types of defective products:

  • Medical devices
  • Baby and children products
  • Cars
  • Prescription drugs
  • Toxic chemicals or materials
  • Food
  • Other consumer products

How do I know if I have a defective product?

There are several ways to find out whether or not you have a defective product in your household. Defective products are often subject to recalls by the manufacturer or company selling the product. To check whether a product has been recalled, consumers should consult the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website.

If your product has been recalled, contact the company to find out recall information and what steps you should take: the company may offer a refund, exchange, or ship you an additional safety feature at no cost to you. After purchasing a product, you should also consider signing up for the company’s newsletter or following them on social media: often if there is a problem with one of their products, the company will use these outlets to alert consumers of possible danger and provide information about the steps they can take to return or exchange it.

What can I do if I have been injured by a defective product?

If you have been injured by a defective product, an attorney can help you file a lawsuit in order to receive compensation. Recoverable damages from defective products include:

  • Negligence damages
  • Strict liability damages
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Lost wages
  • Other compensation if applicable

Attorney Assistance

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