Consumers should be able to reasonably expect that they will not be harmed by the everyday products they use. To better protect the public from dangerous and defective products, a variety of different parties are held responsible for the harm these types of products can cause.
Products liability law provides legal recourse and remedies to victims of dangerous or defective products. A personal injury claim for damages based on products liability law can be brought against several different types of defendants to help injured victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages. Injured victims may be able to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.
A products liability claim for damages may be brought against the manufacturer of the dangerous or defective product, the manufacturer of component parts of the dangerous or defective product; the party that assembled or installed the dangerous or defective product; the wholesaler of the dangerous or defective product; and the retailer that sold the dangerous or defective product to the consumer. Defects can include design defects, manufacturing defects and marketing defects and different legal theories protect victims when they have been hurt by a dangerous or defective product.
Familiarity with the legal protections available to them is beneficial for victims injured by a dangerous or defective product which could range from a dangerous drug to a defective vehicle or appliance. Knowing what they can do when they have been harmed can help injured victims and their families with the damages they have suffered.