Is a Dangerous Product Lurking in Your Home?

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Manufacturers have an obligation to supply products that are safe. Unfortunately, dangerous and defective products often make their way to the market. Just recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall of Baby Einstein activity jumpers because of a safety hazard. The toy has already injured 61 infants, including a seven-month-old who received a lineal skull fracture. To make sure there are no dangerous products lurking in your home, periodically check the CPSC website for product recall information. If you or a family member has been injured by an unsafe product, you may have a strong lawsuit based on products liability. There are several areas of products liability you should have a basic understanding of.

Theories of products liability

An injured party can bring a products liability claim on several different legal theories, including:

  • Design defect
  • Manufacturing defect
  • Failure to warn

Eligible products

Dangerous or defective products can trigger a products liability case. Potentially unsafe products include:

  • Household appliances
  • Food and beverage products
  • Toys and children’s products
  • Medical devices
  • Motor vehicles
  • Tires

Potentially liable parties

When a dangerous or defective product hits the market, there may be many parties to blame. Accordingly, there may be a number of defendants named in a products liability lawsuit:

  • Manufacturers
  • Designers
  • Retailers
  • Marketers

Possible damages

An injured party can recover a number of different damages in a products liability lawsuit. This includes compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

 

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