Product liability is an area of personal injury law that involves very complex litigation regarding defective products. Because the injuries caused by defective products are usually very serious, defective product cases require that manufacturers be held accountable for mistakes in the product and/or design of their product. You may be entitled to compensation in a defective product case if your product liability attorney can prove that the injuries you suffered were a direct result of a defect in the product. You may receive compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Prescription costs
- Physical rehabilitation (if necessary)
- Lost wages
- Funeral expenses (if a wrongful death occurred)
- Pain and suffering (only applies in some cases)
Types of Product Defects
There are basically three types of product defects:
- Manufacturing defect
- Design defect
- Inadequate warnings
A manufacturing defect is an imperfection in the product that causes the product to fail. An example of a manufacturing defect would be faulty brakes on a new car.
A design defect occurs when the product was manufactured properly but is still defective in some way. For example, a perfectly manufactured silicone breast implant may rupture because the design of the implant is flawed. Another example is a sport utility vehicle being prone to rollovers in spite of the fact that it was manufactured exactly as directed.
All dangerous products must have adequate warnings. If a manufacturer or distributor fails to provide adequate safety warnings, then they may be responsible for your injuries.
The experienced defective product lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers have the skills and experience to help you hold all negligent parties accountable so that you receive the compensation you deserve.