When a manufacturer develops and markets a consumer product, they have a responsibility to ensure that the product is designed and manufactured in a way that makes it safe to use as intended. In addition, they have a duty to warn consumers about any nonobvious dangers that may be mitigated by such a warning. Unfortunately, this does not always occur, and every year thousands of people are injured by negligently designed, manufactured, or marketed consumer products. The best way to make sure that you receive the full value of your injuries after a consumer product injury is to consult with one of the experienced personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible.
Different Theories of Negligence
Almost any consumer product has the potential to cause injuries. Some are obvious, such as a car with defectively designed brake, while others, like a cell phone battery that overheats, may not be as readily apparent. There are several different ways negligence may result in an injury-causing product. These include:
- Defective design – These flaws indicate an inherent risk with the product’s design. In addition, products with design flaws are dangerous regardless of how well they are manufactured.
- Defective manufacture – Manufacturing defects exist when a product was designed properly, but an error in manufacture makes the product dangerous.
- Defective marketing (also known as “failure to warn”) – These issues arise when a manufacturer knows or should have known about an inherent danger with the product that could have been easily mitigated by warning the consumer. These claims can also exist in regard to indicating that a product may be safe to use for a certain age group (i.e. young children) when it is in fact not safe for that age group.
Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured by a consumer product, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.