What Is Product Liability?

Product liability refers to the legal liability of manufacturers and sellers of consumer goods when their products prove to be dangerous or defective and cause injury, illness, or death.

Unfortunately, many products over the decades have led to harm for consumers, including:

Faulty engines in motor vehicles
Lead in children’s toys
Food spoiled by harmful bacteria
Pharmaceuticals with unknown side effects

When such harm occurs, those who have been victimized have a legal right to pursue compensation for their injuries and damages from manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers who sell these products.


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Seek the Justice You Deserve

At Anderson Traylor Edwards, our experienced legal team provides skilled representation for individuals throughout the greater Hammond area who have sustained injuries from defective products. If you believe your injuries were caused by a defective product, we urge you to contact our team to secure the counsel and assistance you need to consider all your options and understand the personal injury claims process.

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Such products can include (but are not limited to):

Prescription or over-the-counter drugs
Medical devices
Autos and their component parts
Children’s toys and gear
Small appliances

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Common Injuries in Product Liability Claims

The most common injuries from defective products can range from:

Gastrointestinal problems
Broken bones
Organ damage
Skin damage

In all cases, your injuries must have stemmed from a particular type of qualifying defect to meet the standard for a product liability claim. Using a product in a manner that is contrary to clear and explicit instructions or warning labels, for instance, is likely to present serious challenges to a product liability claim.

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Manufacturing Defects

A manufacturing defect is one that has occurred at the factory where the product was created or assembled. An example of this would be an automobile assembled with defective tires, an over-the-counter painkiller that was created with a toxic substance, or a child’s crib painted with lead-based paint.


Design Defects

A design defect consists of a flaw in the original design of the product that proves to be dangerous when used. An example of this could be a teakettle whose design causes steam to hit the user’s hands creating burns, the design of an SUV that causes it to rollover when braked, or an electric shaver that continually shocks users.


Marketing Defects

A marketing defect occurs when the manufacturer fails to provide proper or strong enough warnings or instructions as to how to use the product. This type of defect has been common in pharmaceuticals in the past where warnings regarding side effects were omitted or instructions as to how to properly take the drug when also taking other drugs or alcohol were lacking.

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Why You Need Anderson Traylor Edwards

The corporations that design, manufacture, and market consumer products will spare no expense in fighting defective product claims. These large companies generally have extensive financial resources and dedicated attorneys on-staff to protect themselves from liability. Going up against these giant corporations is a job  for strong, capable, experienced attorneys like the team at Anderson Traylor Edwards in Hammond.

If you have been injured by a defective product and need a lawyer who will fight for the compensation you deserve, contact us today.

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