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What is a defective product?

Defective products are a serious concern for victims harmed by them. Injuries caused by a defective product may give rise to liability to a number of parties. Parties that may be liable for harm caused by defective products can include the manufacturer of the parts of the product, the assembler of the product, the wholesaler and the retailer.

Products with inherent defects that cause harm to victims can be subject to a products liability claim for damages. Based on state laws, products liability claims for damages may be based on negligence, strict liability or breach of warranty of fitness. Products may be defective because of design defects, manufacturing defects and defects in marketing, such as improper instructions or a failure to warn users of potential dangers of the product.

Whether a product is unreasonably dangerous due to a design flaw or the defect occurred during the manufacturing of the product, product defects can cause significant harm to victims and their families in many instances. As a result, victims are amply protected through the legal process and may be able to bring a products liability claim for damages against the manufacturer, distributor or retailer of the product. Different legal options, including personal injury or wrongful death claims, may be available depending on the circumstances.

Victims of defective products may be left facing physical, financial and emotional damages. Products liability legal options can help victims recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. If you have been injured by a defective product, you may wish to consult a personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

Source: Cornell University Law School, "Products liability," Accessed March 20, 2017

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