When a manufacturer creates, markets, and sells a product, that manufacturer has a responsibility to the public to make sure that the product is safe. When an unsafe product enters the market and causes death or injury, the manufacturer, as well as others, may be held responsible for the damages. Product liability laws were formed to protect the consumer. Many of these unsafe products are eventually recalled at the manufacturer’s expense; this does not, however, alleviate the responsibility to those who have all ready been injured or killed.
As the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) points out, there are over 29 million injuries every year and over 22,000 deaths because of defective products. The most common reasons that a product is considered defective include that there are product design defects, product manufacturing flaws, insufficient product testing, and product marketing misrepresentation’s, such as making hard to read or hard to follow directions or warning labels. Common product defects include baby products, car brakes, bulldozer malfunctions, cosmetics, defective heart valves and other defective medical devices, diet pills, drug eluting stents, fire sprinklers, fire alarms, fire protection or fire suppression equipment, tires, such as Firestone tires, food, pacemakers, defibrillators, high chairs, vaginal slings, safety belts and seat belts, smoke alarms, smoke detectors, cars, such as the Saturn Vue, strollers, hip implants, and toys.
If you were injured by an unsafe product or a product that was recalled, or if a loved one was killed by one of these products, you need to contact a personal injury attorney before the statute of limitations ceases. The attorney should be aggressive in seeking the compensation that you deserve.