As consumers who are constantly buying items, we expect products to fit the criteria that we had in mind. They should hold up to the standard that was expressed in their marketing efforts and prove to be useful for the reason we bought them. Sometimes these products may be manufactured incorrectly. When this occurs, the product may cause harm to an individual. If a product causes harm to someone due to a defect, the individual may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible. This is how product liability cases are developed.
How can I seek liability for a defective product?
If you experience an incident that involves a defective product, you can file a lawsuit. Depending on the situation, you may wish to file an individual lawsuit or a class action lawsuit. For each lawsuit, there are different guidelines and reasons for filing that specific one. An attorney can guide you toward the right choice for your situation.
A class action lawsuit can be beneficial if the cost of an individual lawsuit proves to be too overwhelming. With a class action lawsuit, multiple parties are involved that were also affected by the same situation that you experienced. This can help lower the cost of legal fees and also may be less time-consuming since responsibilities can be placed on multiple parties involved in the lawsuit. A class action lawsuit seems to be a better option than an individual lawsuit if the cost will be more than the benefits.
What products can lead to product liability cases?
Since consumers buy a variety of products, there can be a wide range of products that can become defective due to the manufacturer. For any manufacturer, there is the risk of a mistake being made somewhere in the process of creating a product. This can just be due to human error or any other reason throughout the creation process. Due to this, product liability cases have involved a wide variety of products. Some cases have presented children’s toys that have been defective or even household products, which have caused burn injuries. Other cases included defective tires or tread separations, leading people to sue tire manufacturers. For these cases, a defective tire can prove to be life-threatening if someone were to lose control of a motor vehicle. Prescription drugs have also been named in product liability cases.
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