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Products Liability Archives

The product recall process for defective vehicles

Virginia residents often rely on motor vehicles to get around. Because it is a commonly used consumer good, many do not consider the defects and dangers that could occur just by simply using the product. Much like any product could be subjected to defects, a motor vehicle could have a problem or defect, deeming it dangerous. When a motor vehicle contains a defective component part, this could result in serious harms to a consumer, even resulting in deaths.

Wegmans hummus recalled due to plastic found in product

When we purchase goods from the store, we expect to get what we pay for. Unfortunately, mistakes and errors can be made. This can cause a seemingly harmless product to suddenly turn dangerous. This ultimately can result in a consumer suffering serious harms. And, if these harms are due to the defects caused by a manufacturer, designer or retailer, it is possible to seek recourses for the resulting losses.

Recall issued for almond milk for containing real milk

As well-seasoned consumers, we have certain expectations when we make purchases. Ultimately, we expect to get what we pay for. Whether it is the quality of the brand name, the product doing what it is intended to do or the product being what it is advertised as, consumers' expectations should be met. Unfortunately, defects can occur. This not only presents risks and dangers to consumers but could also be the cause of a recall being issued.

What is the recall process for medical devices?

When we think of the products that consumers use, we often think of automobiles, household items and tools. In addition to these products, many consumers also purchase medical items, such as prescription drugs and medical devices. These items, like other products, could be subject to defects. When this occurs, these items are recalled. The hope is that by taking them off of the market, consumers will not suffer harm from these items. Additionally, it allows certain consumers to take action to avoid harm by having a medication or medical device replaced.

What is a products liability action?

Unfortunately, things can break. Whether it is big or small, expensive or cheap, the products that we use do not last forever. While products breaking because of misuse or the age of a product are likely to occur, a product breaking because of a defect is unexpected. Consumers using a defective product could suddenly find themselves dealing with much pain and suffering because of the injuries suffered.

How do design defects differ from manufacturing defects?

Whether we are gifted or purchased a product, we expect the item to work as it was intended. In fact, most consumers in Virginia and elsewhere who purchase a product are simply thinking about how they will use it. The thought that it might be defective may not cross their minds. Thus, when defects do occur, consumers are faced with many questions about whether something is wrong with the product, whether it is defective and what steps they can take to offset the damages caused by this situation.

Products liability and the chain of distribution

When we hear the word defective, we automatically think negative things. This might be because the term coincides with something not being right. With regards to product, a defect could mean that it doesn't work correctly, doesn't work at all or is dangerous for consumers in Virginia or elsewhere to use. When a product defect occurs, it may not be fully clear how it happened and who is responsible. This is when it comes in handy to look at the products chain of distribution.

How defects in warnings compare to other product defects

We all run errands and buy small and large items on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. While consumer goods are often looked at for their purposes, it is also important that consumers understand how to properly use them and what risks are associated with them. Most products have either a label on them or information in the packaging that details the product, how to use it, what risks are associated and what guarantees the manufacturer provides. However, even when warnings are provided, this does not mean they efficiently prevent injuries to consumers.

Helping you secure a favorable award in a products liability suit

With the major sales upon us this holiday season, it is likely that Virginia residents will make several personal and gift purchases over the next couple of weeks. New technology, household items, vehicles and other goods are heavily relied on these days; however, these products are not perfect. Sometimes they fail to work properly or not at all. While this could be a simple malfunction, it could also be associated with a defect. Although some product defects can be minimal and cause no harm to the consumer, other could result in serious and even fatal injuries.

Medicare paid $1.5 billion for defective heart devices

Hearing news that your health is not well can be difficult to process. While medical professionals will recommend a treatment plan, this does not always mean taking a medication, changing your diet or exercising more. In some situations, this could mean surgery or even the use of a medical device. Although it is not unheard of that patients will use medical devices to treat or reduce a health problem, these devices do not come without potential issues. In fact, they can sometimes malfunction, causing the patient to suffer serious injuries and health problems.

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