Defective products, by law, are negligent in design or manufacturing, and if they hurt someone, there may be liability involved. Companies that sell consumer goods have a responsibility to their customers, and must test their goods for any possible safety issues before putting them on the shelves. Unfortunately, this is a constant area of concern in many industries, as companies often fail to do adequate research, or even actively suppress information that would harm their bottom line. Victims of such negligence have a right to fight back and pursue the compensation that may be owed to them.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON CASES INVOLVING DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS?
Personal injury law, when dangerous goods are involved, can target anything from a small child’s toy to a best-selling medication. However, there are a handful of items that represent a particular risk, and come up more often in cases. These items include:
- Motor vehicles. Car manufacturers must test their vehicles for safety, especially through crash impact testing and vehicle weight distribution. For years, SUVs represented a large portion of injury claims as their top heavy build made them intrinsically dangerous. Rollovers were especially common, and passengers frequently suffered severe injuries due to being ejected from the vehicle or from slamming into the sides of the vehicle. SUVs are safer than they once were, but are still more dangerous than a typical car or truck.
- Pharmaceuticals. Drug manufacturers also have to thoroughly test their medications for safety, and without this testing, patients may experience severe, even life-threatening complications. It’s also essential for spotting dangerous interactions between popular drugs and forecasting the efficacy of the drug. Drug safety is a serious concern among researchers and attorneys, however, as pharmaceutical businesses are often aggressive about suppressing information and marketing their medications to patients that may not need them.
- Industrial and agricultural equipment. Heavy machinery and farm equipment are dangerous by design, and require sophisticated safeguards to prevent injury. In manufacturing facilities, presses and radial saws are a primary danger, while on the farm, PTO shafts and augers are responsible for many injuries every year.
- Children’s toys. Young children are susceptible to any flaws in a toy’s design, especially if that toy is too small or contains hazardous materials. Toys that have a tendency to break or feature loose, small parts can represent a major threat to a child, as well as toys covered in toxic paint, such as those containing lead.
And there are many more industries with safety issues, such as companies responsible for manufacturing appliances or hazardous materials. No matter what company is liable for creating defective products, though, a law firm can assist the victim and help prove that their injuries are the result of corporate negligence.