A defective product is defined as any product or device that caused injury to an individual due to a design defect, defective manufacturing, or faulty labeling. While motor vehicle accidents and slip and fall injuries are among some of the most common personal injury claims filed, the number of personal injury cases resulting from defective products has been increasing over the past several years. Fortunately, an accident lawyer or serious injury attorney can help represent individuals who have suffered an injury due to a defective product. Before you contact your attorney, educate yourself on your rights regarding product liability cases.
There are a number of different types of defective products, including:
- Automobile parts such as air bags, car seats, seat belts, and tires
- Medical devices such as dialysis filters, hip and knee replacements, pain pumps
- Defective medications or drugs
- Construction equipment and machines
- Kitchen, bathroom, and other household appliances
Three conditions must be met in order for you to file a claim for an injury caused by a defective product. The product must have had an unreasonably dangerous defect, must have caused injury while being used in the way it was intended, and must not have been changed in terms of operation from the way it was originally sold. There are also certain limitations on recovery for defective product injuries. For instance, individuals who suffered an injury must not have known about the defect prior to use. If the individual still used the product despite knowing about the defect, then he or she may not be able to file a claim.
Whether you’ve suffered an injury due to a defective product, motor vehicle accident, or a slip and fall, the serious injury attorneys with Steinberg & Spencer are here to help. Learn more about our practice areas by contacting our firm at (310) 450-5960.