Product Liability

Defective and unreasonably dangerous products can cause serious injuries to adults and children alike. No one uses a product expecting it to break or fail; when a product's defect becomes apparent, it can take the user by surprise. Luckily, products liability is a well-established area of the law. If you have been injured, consult with an experienced products liability attorney to discuss your options.

The federal government regulates some aspects of consumer product safety, but the laws affecting products liability litigation exist at the state level. Although the intricacies of these laws vary from state to state, the states share some overarching principles.

What Is

When a person uses a product in a reasonable manner and that product causes injury, the manufacturer, wholesaler or seller may be liable. Think of a hairdryer that emits a dangerous shock or a child's toy that contains small, sharp pieces: consumers should be able to use these products as they are intended to be used without worrying about being hurt. If you or a loved one has been injured by a product, consult with an experienced attorney to discuss your options.


Defective Products

Defective products can cause serious injury and even death. Defects can be traced to three main stages: when the product is designed, when the product is manufactured and when the consumer should receive instructions or warnings. If a product harmed you or a loved one, contact a products liability attorney to discuss your case.


Types of Products Liability Cases

Because we interact with so many different products in this country, injuries can have many different sources. Products that cause injury and even wrongful death range from cars and trucks to toys and children's furniture. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a product, contact a products liability attorney for guidance on how to proceed.


Special Considerations in Products Liability Cases

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, the first thing to do is seek proper medical care. After that, you may wish to take legal action. Products liability cases can be complex, so it is important to seek the help of an experienced attorney. An attorney can help you sort out the details and secure the witnesses you need.


Products Liability Resource Links

The CPSC oversees more than 15,000 types of consumer products in the US. It establishes safety guidelines, sets fines and coordinates recalls of defective and dangerous products.

The FTC is responsible for handling complaints about false advertising and fraud, including claims that relate to product quality.

The FDA regulates the nation's drugs, medical devices, cosmetics and food. Its Web site provides information on its activities and recalled items.

ISMP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to informing both consumers and health care providers about the safe use of medication. The Web site discusses issues such as medication errors and easily confused drug names.

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