February 5, 2013 by Michael Skousen
Under normal circumstances, all products should operate exactly as they are advertised. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Every year thousands of people suffer damage as a result of a product they purchased, whether it is a vehicle, prescription medication, toys, home goods, or appliances. The real question becomes, how do you know if the damage is enough to hire a product liability attorney?
First, you should understand that there are three basic types of product liability:
- Design defects, where the engineering or design of a product is faulty and results in it being unreasonably dangerous and defective. This type of defect most commonly occurs in industrial equipment and machinery, but does occasionally appear in toys, vehicles, and other products.
- Manufacturing defects, when there is a defect in the manufacturing process of a product that results in it being harmful or dangerous. In this situation, the design isn’t flawed, but the way it was put together is. These defects can vary from case to case, but typically occur when a safety feature doesn’t work as it was intended.
- Warning defect, occurring when dangers posed by a product are not made obvious on the packaging. Product warnings must be clearly labeled to warn consumers of any potential dangerous the product poses while being used for its intended use.
Product liability attorneys are trained professionals who can ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to if you have been injured by a product. These attorneys have an excellent working knowledge of the area of law that governs manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and retailers responsible for damages their products cause.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective product, it is imperative that you seek out an experienced product liability attorney who can help fight for your rights. Contact the product liability lawyers at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience today at 480-833-8800 for a free initial consultation.