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Defective Product Injuries
People who purchase products that are defective and cause injury are entitled to recover money for their injuries and damages from the manufacturers and sellers of the products. It is called strict liability. Manufacturers and sellers (including distributors and retailers) have a duty to consumers to be sure their products are safe to use as advertised. Soda bottles should not explode when opened. Tires should not blow out under normal wear and tear. Airbags should deploy in frontal collisions. If explosions occur, or airbags fail to perform, it is likely a defect is the culprit.
Defects fall within three categories: (1) The manufacturing defect: Although the product is generally safe, something happened during the manufacturing process, a bolt wasn’t tightened, a screw was loose, and it caused an accident; (2) The design defect: There was something inherently flawed in the way the product was made, for example the lack of a safety guard to prevent a hand from coming into contact with a moving blade; and (3) The failure to warn: the product is useful, perhaps even necessary like medicine, but has dangerous characteristics or side effects. If the manufacturer or seller fails to warn the consumer about the harmful characteristics or side effects, they can be liable to the consumer.
The U.S. government provides a wealth of consumer information including information on defective products, recalls and consumer alerts. Use the following links for:
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s latest product recalls.
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts for FDA regulated products for FDA-regulated products.
- National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration vehicle consumer complaints and recalls.
Winning a defective product injury lawsuit requires a skilled attorney, like Scott Fegley at the Fegley Law Firm, to find and preserve evidence, hire the right experts to analyze design and product data, and make a compelling case for the client. The Fegley Law Firm has experience with cases from defective eyewear to defective vehicle airbags. We work tirelessly to help you put your life back together after an injury caused by a defective product.
If you are injured by a defective product, turn to the personal injury experts at The Fegley Law Firm. Contact us or give us a call at (215) 493-8287 for your Free Consultation.