Under the legal doctrine of product liability, a manufacturer or seller is held liable for a defective product that injures a consumer. All the companies involved with the manufacture, sale, marketing, or distribution of the product may be responsible for the defective product.
Depending on the circumstances any party in the product’s chain of distribution could be liable for injuries caused by a product defect, including:
- The product manufacturer
- A manufacturer of component parts
- A party that assembles or installs the product
- The wholesaler
- The retail store that sold the product to the consumer
Companies involved with the production or distribution of any consumer product bear the responsibility to make sure consumers are not at foreseeable risk. A consumer has the right to expect that any product offered for sale does not pose unreasonable danger when put to its intended use.
Defective product claims generally fall into three categories of product liability:
- Defective manufacture
- Defective design
- Failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions concerning the proper use of the product
Product liability cases have involved virtually every industry in the United States. The following are just a few examples of defective products that have injured consumers:
- Automotive defects (airbags, restraint systems, roof crushes, gas tanks)
- Consumer products (helmets, exploding batteries)
- Medical implants (Biomet hips)
If you have been injured by a defective product, our product liability attorneys have experience handling cases for every type of defective product.
For example, DBJ attorneys recently won a $2.25 million verdict in a product liability case in which a defective exploding battery caused a mechanic to suffer an eye injury and chemical burns. We also successfully sued an automobile manufacturer for a defective roof on a vehicle that collapsed during a rollover, killing the driver. Please call DBJ today at 1-800-875-5972 for a free consultation.