Injuries Caused by Defective Products
Manufacturers are responsible for product defects that cause injury
Manufacturers and sellers of products have a duty to ensure that their products are reasonably fit, suitable or safe for their intended use by consumers. A manufacturer that fails to prevent a defect in a product that causes injuries may be liable for the resulting harm. At the Law Offices of Carissa Kranz, we help you recover compensation when you are injured or lose a loved one because of a dangerous or defective product.
How are liability and compensation determined?
Product manufacturers, designers or sellers may be held responsible in a lawsuit when their products have design defects or manufacturing defects or they do not contain adequate warnings or instructions:
- Design defects — Design defects exist when there is alternative design that would be safer than the one manufactured that is not overly costly, that is practical and that has the same primary purpose as the original, dangerous design.
- Manufacturing defects — Manufacturing defects exist when the resulting design is different from the intended design, the product is poorly made, there are worker errors, poor materials are used or there are other errors that occur during the manufacturing process.
- Failure to warn — Manufacturers may be responsible for your injuries if the product did not contain adequate instructions or warnings of dangers of use or misuse not immediately apparent.
In addition to being strictly liable for defective products, manufacturers may also be held responsible for personal injury or wrongful death when a product injures you because of the manufacturer’s negligence. They may also be responsible for breach of warranty, including promises, statements or advertisements about a product incorrect or untrue.
What types of products can cause injuries?
Attorneys help victims recover compensation from manufacturers for injuries caused by all types of defective products, including:
- Auto defects, including poor crashworthiness and rollovers
- Defective automotive parts
- Defective toys and children’s products
- Defective household products
- Defective appliances
- Power tool defects
- Defective heavy machinery and workplace equipment
- Gas station explosions
- Defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs
What are common types of injuries from defective products?
All types of serious or even fatal injuries can result from the use of products defectively designed or manufactured or that do not contain adequate warnings.
- Head and brain injuries
- Back, neck and spine injuries
- Broken bones
- Burns and scars
- Chemical burns
- Toxic exposure
- Internal bleeding and injuries to organs
- Suffocation and brain damage from lack of oxygen
- Injuries to children