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Better understanding product liability options for victims

Victims who have been injured by a dangerous or defective consumer product may have a number of different options available to them to recover damages for the harm they have suffered. To help protect consumers and keep them safe, different legal options are available to help victims who have been injured or otherwise harmed as the result of a dangerous or defective product.

The legal process does not wish to make it unreasonably burdensome for consumers to seek damages from manufacturers, distributors or retailers of dangerous or defective products when they have been harmed. In some circumstances, manufacturers, distributors and retailers of dangerous or defective products are held strictly liable for the harm a product causes. According to strict liability, if certain conditions are met, an injured victim may be able to pursue compensation for damages associated with injury or harm resulting from a consumer product without demonstrating that the manufacturer or retailer of the product was negligent or careless.

The products liability legal process is designed to keep consumers safe and protect victims of dangerous or defective products when they have been harmed. Victims of dangerous or defective products may suffer physical injuries, financial losses and emotional harm. As a result, victims may be able to recover compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Additional damages may be available to victims depending on the harm they have suffered.

It is important for victims of dangerous or defective products not to think they are without options, resources and recourse when they have been harmed by a dangerous or defective product. Legal remedies are available to hold parties responsible for a dangerous or defective product liable and to protect and compensate victims.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Proving Fault in a Product Liability Case," Accessed Nov. 16, 2015

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