Friday, May 8, 2009
Dangerous or Defective Products
Thousands of people are seriously injured or killed every year by dangerous and defective products. Many of these injuries could have been avoided if appropriate safety and design measures were taken to ensure quality of these products. A defective product may include: dangerous toys, industrial machinery and equipment, improperly designed consumer products, automobiles and prescription drugs. When someone has been injured while using a product, even if human error is partially to blame, they may still be entitled to be compensated for their injuries. For example, a manufacturer must take into consideration normal human error. If an appliance or machine was not designed to function safely in the event of human error, the manufacturer may be found negligent. Also, if the product was not labeled with sufficient instructions or warnings about necessary precautions because the manufacturer failed to do so, again they may be found negligent. The law protects consumers and workers from these types of products by permitting them to sue manufacturers or other entities responsible for the defective machinery or appliance and recover monetary damages for their injuries.