Each day, we use an untold number of products at home, at work and in recreational activities.
Unfortunately, some of these products end up in consumers’ hands despite product defects in their design, manufacturing, labeling or failure to meet required safety standards.
Causes of Product Defects
While there are many laws in place to protect consumers, the fact is that not every manufacturer follows them. When product defects are the result of bad design, poor manufacturing or the inclusion of hazardous materials, innocent people may end up injured. The personal injury attorneys at Ward & Barnes are dedicated to holding these negligent product manufacturers responsible for the damages they cause.
In many cases, manufacturers cause injury when they try to save money by using inferior materials, cheaper production methods or other shortcuts. They can also cause injury when they fail to fully and adequately warn of the known risks associated with the use of their products.
This puts consumers at risk, leaving victims and their families with costly health care and repair bills. Product defects have resulted in injuries such as permanent bodily injury, dismemberment, wage or job loss, and even death. Ward & Barnes helps our clients to seek compensation for these injuries caused by defective products.
Types of Product Defects
Over the years, we’ve seen people injured by a wide array of product defects:
Defective Medical Equipment and Devices
- Unsafe or Contaminated Pharmaceutical Drugs
- Defective Medical Equipment
- Improperly Constructed or Contaminated Medical Devices
Defective Tools and Equipment
- Unsafe Ladders
- Defective Heavy Machinery and Specialty Tools
- Unsafe Chemicals and Hazardous Substances
Unsafe Food and Cosmetics
- Contaminated Food and Drinks
- Defective Cosmetics and Toiletries
Defective Cars and Vehicles
- Defective Automobiles, Trucks and Motorcycles
- Unsafe Tires, Airbags and Seatbelts
Defective Toys and Recreational Equipment
- Unsafe Bicycles
- Defective Helmets
- Defective Children’s Toys
What to Do If You’re Injured by Product Defects
Product liability law focuses on several key issues, including the ability to prove the victim actually used the product. If you’ve been injured, it is vital to document what happened. Keep all documents related to the purchase of the defective product and maintain possession of the product until you speak with an attorney.
Additionally, it may be necessary to prove the individual product you used is defective. Therefore, it is crucial that you keep the product in its current state so the condition and any defects can be documented. Finally, be sure to save all documents related to the diagnosis and treatment of your injuries, including any loss of wages and out of pocket expenses.
Call Ward & Barnes To Discuss Your Product Defects Case
If you have purchased or used a defective product that caused you or a loved one harm, call the experienced injury attorneys at Ward & Barnes in Pensacola today for a no-obligation consultation.