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Product Liability

Most people are unaware that there is an entire section of law devoted to protecting consumers from dangerous or defective products. The goal of product liability laws is to help protect you, the consumer from dangerous products while holding manufacturers, distributors, and retailers responsible for putting in to the marketplace products that they knew or should have known were dangerous or defective. Each year thousands of people are injured in the United States due to defective products. No matter where an injury occurred it must be proven that the product is defective in order to win a products liability cases. Often times proving liability can be difficult a product liability claim can be complex and require attorneys like Brown & Musslewhite, who have the experience and knowledge to handle your defective product case.

Product liability claims can be brought under a number of theories:

  • Design Defect: a mistake or flaw in the design of a product that causes it to be dangerous when used for its intended purpose
  • Manufacturing Defect: a defect arises as a direct results of the manufacturing process
  • Marketing Defect: issues such as inadequate or improper warning labels or instructions about the product

Examples of product liability cases include:

  • Automobile defects, such as seat belts, tire defects and unsafe SUV designs causing rollovers and roof crush
  • Defective machinery and equipment such as nail guns, forklifts, pallet jacks or scaffolds
  • Medical devices such as heart monitors, heart valves and prosthetics

As with any other injury producing incident, it is important to protect yourself by contacting an experienced and knowledgeable attorneys like Brown & Musslewhite to guide you through the complex maze of product liability laws. Additionally, if you have been injured due to defective or dangerous products here are some important things to remember:

  • Keep the product and any documents or packages that were included
  • Keep the product in the same manner it was when it caused your injury, make no changes or alterations; Do not continue to use the product
  • Identify as much information about the product as possible including the name of the manufacturer, model name and number, place and date purchased and the serial number
  • Locate and document any witnesses to your injury accident
  • If possible photograph the product, your injuries and any other evidence
  • Do not discuss the accident with anyone other than experienced attorneys such as Brown & Musslewhite.
  • Seek Medical Attention Immediately!!!