Defective Products Cases Are Generally In Three Categories

by Terry Bryant

Each year, Americans file thousands of defective products cases in courtrooms all over the country.

Many consumers have purchased an item only to find out that the merchandise is flawed. At best, the consumer experiences only a mild annoyance or frustration at the poor design, manufacturing error, or confusing user manual. At worst, the defective product can lead to injury or even death. This is especially true when it comes to medications and medical devices.

Defective products cases are generally in three categories:

Faulty design: Example—An auto manufacturer fails to install a release latch inside a vehicle’s trunk.

Manufacturing defect: Example—A range of serial numbers of a light installation kit harbors an uninsulated wire that can cause a fire.

Improper labeling or inadequate instructions: Example—Consumers are confused about the daily- recommended dosage of a vitamin, leading to overdose.

Not all consumer goods lend themselves to a lawsuit. Some items—like a chainsaw, for example—are inherently dangerous or risky to own or operate. A chainsaw could be made safer for use by dulling the blade, but that, of course, would make it ineffective for its intended use.

If you suspect you may have a viable lawsuit based on a faulty consumer item, be sure to retain the product itself along with receipt, user instructions, and packaging. Start a journal to track contact and conversations with the manufacturer. Be sure to keep all medical bills, and take photographs of any injuries.

Should you decide to hire a product liability attorney to represent your interests, choose a lawyer with proven experience and successes in cases like yours.