Who is liable for a defective product and the harm is causes?

Who is liable for a defective product and the harm is causes?

| May 13, 2020 | Firm News

Dangerous and defective products can prove injurious and even fatal for consumers harmed by them. The legal process holds a variety of parties potentially accountable when a dangerous or defective product has caused injury that victims of dangerous and defective products need to be aware of.

Dangerous or defective products can include household appliances, toys, cars, airbags and other everyday products consumers should be able to rely are safe to use.

Products liability law protects injured victims when they have been harmed by a dangerous or defective product. A personal injury claim for damages can be brought to help injured victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional injuries suffered because of a dangerous or defective product. Parties that may be held responsible to compensate victims for their damages can include any party in the chain of distribution such as:

  • The manufacturer of the dangerous or defective product;
  • The manufacturer of the component parts of the dangerous or defective product;
  • The party that assembles or installs the dangerous or defective product;
  • The wholesaler of the dangerous or defective product; and
  • The retailer that sold the dangerous or defective product

When a dangerous or defective product is introduced in the marketplace, there are laws in place to help keep consumers safe and hold anyone involved accountable. Victims of dangerous or defective products may be in need of help with their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages suffered because of their injuries. Liability for a dangerous or defective product is important because of the protections extended to injured consumers and their families.