While all Americans rely on consumer products and workplace machinery to go about the tasks of their daily lives, few expect them to malfunction. Unfortunately, thousands are either hurt or killed by defective consumer products in the United States each year. These accidents can be caused by anything ranging from defective vehicle tires to dangerous medical devices.
Because of the risk that their products potentially pose to workers and consumers; designers, manufacturers, and retailers are held to a high standard of care during the design, assembly, and selling phase. Many times, these companies will be aware of a flaw in their product, but choose to ignore or recall it for the sake of making a higher profit. If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury due to a defective consumer product, you may be able to pursue monetary compensation against them through a products liability claim.
Generally speaking, a product liability claim will be based on one of the following: