When there are real issues with the products you buy, those problems could put you at risk of injury. It’s important for designers, manufacturers, retailers and others to be honest about the products you’re using and to warn you if they could be potentially dangerous.
Some products will be unavoidably unsafe, but that doesn’t mean that a company can’t still be liable if something goes wrong that you weren’t warned about. For example, it may be dangerous to work with a bottle of acid, but if the company forgets to place a warning label telling you that the acid is corrosive or toxic, then you may still have a case after getting injured.
Products can be defective due to:
- Manufacturing defects
- Marketing defects
- Design defects
When these issues happen, people’s lives could be at risk. They could be badly hurt, beyond what might have been a risk of an unavoidably safe product’s typical hazards.
There are many products that are hard to make safe, like knives, certain medications and others. However, if the manufacturer does what they can to make sure that the product is produced accurately, designers take time to create good, functional designs and marketing experts put in the time to make certain that marketing literature is accurate, then consumers will have a better idea of how to stay safe when using the products they buy.
If you are injured by a defective product, you may have a right to compensation. Our website has more on what to do next, so you can get the money you need for medical care and other losses.