Defective and dangerous products can cause devastating and catastrophic personal injuries. Product liability law is one of the more complex areas of personal injury law and has undergone many changes in the last 50 years. Where once the law required a contractual relationship between the manufacturer and the injured person, now under the rules of Strict Product Liability and the shifting of the burden of proof, this area of the law effectively protects those injured by a defective product.
One of the benefits of our society is the availability of products that make our life easier. We rightfully expect that these products will make our life more pleasant, reduce work, and not cause harm.
Products manufactured and placed on the market for sale may have a defect in design or manufacture, or may be unreasonably dangerous for their intended use. For this reason, manufacturers are required to use reasonable care to eliminate any potential defect in the design and manufacture of products placed on the market for sale to the public. Under certain circumstances, if the product cannot be made safe, or is in the category of unreasonably dangerous products, then the manufacturer may be required to give an adequate warning of the defect to the consumer.
For example, in the famous Ford Pinto case, the auto was defective simply because the gas cap was not properly designed, which made the vehicle more prone to explosions. Also, numerous cases have dealt with the manufacturer’s failure to make products ranging from power tools to baby car seats safe for the user.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact us now at the Carson Law Firm for a free consultation.