Understanding Liability in a Defective Product Case

Accidents happen when you least expect them—thousands of people are seriously injured each year while using products they thought were perfectly safe. And while some of these accidents happen by chance, others happen because the product being used was defective in some way. When a product defect causes injuries and other losses, the accident victim may be able to hold the responsible party accountable.

Major Types of Product Liability Claims

Proving liability in a defective product claim typically comes down to the following:

  1. Design Defect. Product designers may make poor decisions when the plans are drawn up for a product, and these inherent flaws may cause serious injuries once the product is on the market. When this happens, the liability typically falls to the product manufacturer.
  2. Manufacturing Defect. If the product would have worked according to its original design but was not manufactured or assembled properly, the defect liability might fall on a parts supplier, the manufacturer, or a party that assembles or installs the product.
  3. Inadequate Warnings. Manufacturers are responsible for providing instructions designed to help consumers use their products safely. In addition, they should label products properly and include warnings about the possible dangers associated with product use. A manufacturer that fails to provide appropriate product labeling and warnings may be held responsible for the injuries that result.

Proving a Product Design Defect Caused a Child’s Catastrophic Injuries

Our firm has extensive experience handling product liability cases; we recently handled a case against a car seat manufacturer. Our clients, a family with a young child, were involved in a car accident. When the impact occurred, the latch that connected the child’s car seat to the base broke. The child, who was still strapped into the seat, went hurtling through the car and suffered catastrophic injuries.

The family went looking for a law firm to help them hold the manufacturer of the car seat accountable for their child’s injuries. They found Holton Law Firm after two other law firms turned the case down—the other firms felt that the case against the car seat manufacturer was too difficult to prove.

We got to work on the case, and sent the car seat off to an independent lab for testing. The findings were conclusive—the anchor holding the car seat to the base was defectively designed and poorly manufactured, and we were able to hold the manufacturer of the car seat accountable.

We Can Help With Your Product Liability Case

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, contact the knowledgeable product liability attorneys at Holton Law Firm. We will review your case and help you understand your options for recovery—all during a free case review. Give us a call or fill out the contact form on this page to get started.

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