Anyone can be injured by a defective item, so everyone should be aware of a few things about defective product cases. By becoming familiar with the three types of defective product cases and understanding how lawyers may assist in such cases, everyone can rest a little more easily, and hopefully avoid injury.


Making and marketing an item means a company has a lot of responsibility to keep it free from defects, which is a responsibility that must be taken seriously to avoid injury. When this does not happen, a defective product case may result.

Generally, such cases can be divided into three types:  (1) Design defects, (2) manufacturing defects, and (3) improper labeling or inadequate instructions. In some instances, all three types may be present at once.

Design Defects

All too often products are designed without concern for general safety. A simple oversight can lead to the design being inherently dangerous for use, exposing all of its users to potential harm.

As an example, a medical appliance may promise a new and innovative way to treat patients, but if that appliance has been poorly designed, it can easily do far more harm than good.

In such a case, a lawyer can assistant in showing how the design of the item was at fault for the injuries the victim sustained.

Manufacturing Defects

An item may be well designed, yet somewhere along the line in the manufacturing process, there may be a problem in how it is made. From cutting corners to save money, to outright poor production approaches, manufacturing defects can cause serious injuries.

Consider a playground made from poor quality materials. A beautiful sunny day with the kids can turn into a rushed trip to the emergency room if a problem in the manufacturing process causes a playground set to collapse.

Manufacturing issues are what most people immediately think of when considering product problems. However, such a situation can be difficult to prove. A skilled lawyer can take the steps necessary to get a victim the justice he or she deserves.

Improper Labeling or Inadequate Instructions

A product may be expertly designed and manufactured, but without proper labeling and adequate instructions, all of that effort to produce a safe and quality product can fall flat. Improper labeling or inadequate instructions can have severe consequences for the consumer.

For example, over the counter medication without proper labeling or inadequate instructions for dosage, use, or side effects can result in harm or death for those who take the medication. Such incidents may seem straight forward, but assistance from a lawyer will offer the best results when trying to prove a case.


State law may limit how much time one has to file a case. As a result, if considering legal help, it is very important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after an incident has occurred and he or she has received any medical treatment necessary.

A company’s legal team will do anything in its power to admit as little responsibility as possible in an effort to keep a victim from receiving what he or she deserves. Lawyers with knowledge and experience handling defective product cases are prepared to handle the complexities and challenges that may be faced.