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What Are The Various Types of Defective Product Liability Claims?

What Are The Various Types of Defective Product Liability Claims?

You turn on the news and see that a major automotive brand is recalling millions of cars after a faulty part caused dozens of accidents. About a week later, you stumble upon an article on your newsfeed from a company recalling laptop chargers prone to overheating and causing fires. We can all pinpoint a product that has hurt lives, whether it directly affected us or not.

When a product harms you, you have the right to seek compensation for damages. Our attorneys at Kolker & Labovitz are here to help you understand the three categories of product liability to best build your case.

Defective Manufacture

Defectively manufactured products occur during the assembly process. This can look like a swing set with a cracked chain, a medicine containing a tainted substance, or a bicycle missing its brake pads.

No matter the circumstances, manufacturers should take the time to test their products to ensure they’re of safe quality for the public. We often see companies rush to push a flawed item to market and the results can be harrowing.

Defective Design

The second type of product liability claim occurs when the product is inherently flawed, even before it reaches the manufacturing steps.

Some examples of a defective design include a car model that is prone to flipping over when turning, a type of sunglasses that fails to protect the eyes from harmful UV rays, or an electric blanket that electrocutes the user when turned on high.

Failure to Warn

Failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions about a product’s use is the third type of product liability claim. These incidents occur when a product is dangerous but unknown to the user or there are insufficient instructions. A case with inadequate warnings that you may be familiar with is the infamous McDonald’s hot coffee case, in which a customer sued the fast-food chain after she spilled coffee on herself.

Have you been injured by a defective product?

Take action today! Our Missouri personal injury attorneys at Kolker & Labovitz are ready to fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.

Call our experienced attorneys at Kolker & Labovitz today at (314) 684-8285.

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