Every day, there are hundreds of products placed on the market available for consumers to purchase. Some products are common throughout the United States, like kitchen and laundry appliances, tools, vehicles, lawn and garden equipment to more simple things like cell phones radios, and electric blankets. Since most purchased products are common and appear all around us, consumers have an expectation that the product will work the way it is intended to. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. These products can cause injury to you and your loved ones because of three common defects: design defects, marketing defects, and manufacturing defects. When these products fail, all at fault parties should be held accountable for your injuries. Colombo Law can help you through the legal process of establishing liability and holding all wrongdoers accountable. If you have been injured by a defective product, you should speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to initiate a products liability claim.
A manufacturing defect occurs when a product becomes defective and dangerous while it is being made. One example of a manufacturing defect is one in which some of a popular tire company’s car tires blow out on the highway if the car travels in excess of 70 miles per hour. After investigation, it is determined that one of several machines that produce the tires were damaged, causing the tires to blow out on the highway. Manufacturing defects are not common across all of the products placed onto the market for consumer use and are unintended defects.
A design defect occurs when a product is made in such a way that prohibits the product from functioning as it should. Using the same example of car tires, a design defect may exist if the treading in the tires were designed to be one inch apart but designing the tread in such a way made the tires 80% more likely to blowout on the highway.
It is important to note that design defects are those that are common throughout all of the products made. These defects are not the result of any accident. Instead, it was the specific intention to create the product the way it was designed but the consequences (i.e. the blowouts on the highway) were not intended.
A marketing defect is one in which there is no defect with regard to the product itself. Instead, the problem occurs with the warnings that are given to consumers. A company must provide warnings of dangerous that may be reasonably expected from the use of the product. Some common warnings that are listed on products are warnings of electrical shock or cautioning consumers that items are flammable or hot. If a company fails to provide you with these warnings, and an injury results, they could be held accountable for your injuries.
Contact Colombo Law for Products Liability Claim
If you or your loved one has been injured by a defective product, speak with an attorney at Colombo Law. Our firm is an experienced personal injury law firm assisting personal injury victims throughout many parts of Virginia. If you need a trusted attorney to help you obtain the most compensation for your personal injury, Colombo Law is the firm to call.
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