Dangerous Products Lead To Serious Injuries

When you purchase an ordinary household item or product from Walmart, Costco, the supermarket or a drug store, you assume that it is safe to use. When it turns out to be defective and dangerous, you may be able to seek compensation for any injuries you suffer.

The Types Of Product Liability Claims

When someone is injured by a defective product, they can sometimes press their case against the manufacturer, the wholesaler or the retailer. Victims injured by defective products may have a claim against the manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer. It depends on the type of defect involved. There are three main types of defective product claims.

1. Design Defects

A design defect occurs when a product poses a foreseeable risk even when it is used as intended by the manufacturer. That makes the product inherently unsafe for consumers. Frequently, even a small change in the design would eliminate the risk altogether. Companies often fail to make those changes because they decide the risk of injury to consumers is less important than the risk to their budgets.

2. Manufacturing Defects

These are less common, but they still happen. Sometimes there is nothing inherently wrong with the way a product is designed. Sometimes a mistake happens during manufacturing that causes an otherwise harmless product to become deadly.

3. Warning Defects

Sometimes a product itself is unavoidably dangerous. A stove, for example, is always somewhat dangerous because it produces heat to cook on. However, whenever a foreseeable chance of harm can be reduced through adequate warnings or instructions, those warnings or instructions are required by law.

When A Defective Product Injures Many People

Sometimes a product injures many people in small ways. Ordinarily, a small claim might not be worth pursuing because of the costs associated with any lawsuit. However, when many people suffer similar injuries from the same defective product, they can band together and file a class action lawsuit. Our attorneys at Westrup & Associates have extensive experience with class action litigation for clients who have suffered injuries due to unsafe products.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation With An Experienced Lawyer

We will use our more than four decades of combined legal experience to fight for your rights against companies that put out defective, dangerous products without concern for the safety of consumers. Contact us at our main office in Long Beach, California, at 877-258-2934 or fill out our online form for more information.