If you have been injured by a defective product, you may be able to recover compensation under product liability. Defective products can cause all kinds of accidents and injuries including car accidents, construction accidents, structure fires and pharmaceutical injury. Huntsville defective product attorney Sarah Rutledge understands the emotional, physical, and financial hardships that families endure after a serious accident and she will fight hard to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Please, do not hesitate to call and schedule your free consultation.
Defective Products that Commonly Cause Injuries
Any type of product has the potential to be defective, but some are more likely to cause serious injury than others. These include:
- Toys and other children’s products
- Motor vehicles
- Tools and machinery
- Medical devices
- Battery chargers
- Lawn and garden equipment
- Large and small appliances
- Recreational vehicles and ATV’s
- Safety equipment, such as smoke alarms
- Household chemical, including cleaning supplies
- Swimming pool drains
- Vending machines
Types of Defects
There are several ways in which a product can be defective leading to accidents and injuries. Some types of defects cause product to fail or malfunction, while others make them dangerous or deadly without malfunctioning. The types of defects include:
- Design flaws
- Manufacturing errors
- Failure to warn, faulty instructions, or marketing defects
Failure to Warn
Companies that make and sell product have a duty to warn consumers of the potential dangers their products pose. Examples of marketing defects and failure to warn include:
- Advertising a product for use by a group that cannot use it safely, such as marketing ATV’s for use by young children
- Failing to include adequate warning labels for safe use, such as age restrictions
- Inaccurate, inadequate, or confusing instructions
- Failing to include warnings about side effects on prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications
Determining if a defective product was behind your accident or caused your injuries is a necessary part of recovering compensation for you, because we must seek compensation from the right party. Sometime it is very obvious, but that is not always the case:
- An auto accident can appear to be the fault of the other driver.
- Drug and medical device injuries can easily be confused with medical malpractice.
- Defective elevators or building materials can cause an accident that is presumed to be the result of inadequate maintenance.
If you believe that a defective product caused your injury or the death of a loved one, please call the Law Office of Sarah Elise Rutledge, LLC at 251-300-1653 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.