Product Liability refers to a defective or dangerous product commercialized by a manufacturer or seller being held liable for the injuries the product may cause.
Responsibility for a product defect that causes injury lies with all sellers of the product who are in the distribution chain. The law requires that a product has to meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. When a product has an unexpected defect or danger, the product cannot be said to meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer.
Liability for a product defect could affect to any party in the product’s chain of distribution, such as:
- The product manufacturer
- A manufacturer of component parts
- A party that assembles or installs the product
- The wholesaler
- The retail store that sold the product to the consumer.
Types of Product Defects
There are three types of defects that might cause injury and give rise to manufacturer or supplier liability:
- Design Defects – Present in a product from the beginning, even before it is manufactured, in that something in the design of the product is inherently unsafe.
- Manufacturing Defects – Those that occur in the course of a product’s manufacture or assembly.
- Marketing Defects – Flaws in the way a product is marketed, such as improper labeling, insufficient instructions, or inadequate safety warnings.
Get Free Legal Help for a Defective Product Injury
Product liability actions are quite complex and establishing legal fault often requires the assistance and testimony of experts. Additionally, every state has its own laws and specific statutes that will affect a product liability action. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by a potentially defective product, contact The Romaker Law Firm for a free case evaluation at (312) 377-7000