Personal injury claims encompass more than just motor vehicle accidents and premises liability. They also include products liability, which is when a defective product leads to injury. Defective merchandise can come from even high-quality companies, as you may be aware from the product recalls you hear about in the news.
A product may be defective due to its design, manufacturing or marketing. Understanding each type of error can help you determine the cause of your injury.
The first step in creating a product is designing it. If the design is flawed, unsafe or insufficiently tested, the result is an entire line of hazardous products. It is important to remember that some goods are inherently dangerous, such as machinery, and therefore do not automatically qualify for liability claims in case of harm unless you clearly prove fault on the part of the manufacturer.
The design may be high quality, but the manufacturer of the individual parts or final product may have made a dangerous mistake during construction, whether intentional or unintentional. Sources of errors include:
- Poor-grade materials
- Improper or careless assembly
- Failure to meet quality assurance standards
Generally, only some of the products become defective from faulty manufacturing.
Negligent marketing refers to the exclusion of warning labels and clear instructions that inform the consumer of proper usage to ensure safety. In this case, you will have to prove that the fault lies with the manufacturer and not with you from your own negligence.
Product liability claims
From the beginning to the end of the creation process, mistakes are bound to happen. However, that does not mean you should have to pay for them no matter how accidental they may have been. Speak with a personal injury attorney experienced in California product liability claims to determine if you have a case and how you can seek damages for your injury. It is worth the pursuit, as juries award more for these claims than for any other type of personal injury.