Who Can Be Liable for a Product Liability Claim?
If you or someone you care about has been injured or become ill due to using or consuming a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation. In many instances, a company or manufacturer can be held liable for the harm a defective product causes. However, at Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we know that determining who is responsible can become complicated. Often, these products go through various sellers and resellers. Let our Charlotte product liability attorneys investigate your case so you can get the compensation you deserve.
What is product liability?
Companies and manufacturers have a duty to ensure that the products they sell to consumers are safe. Unfortunately, defective and dangerous products cause thousands of injuries each year in the US. If we look at the website that tracks current recalls in the country, it is clear that every industry is affected by faulty products. This includes:
- Food and beverages
- Car seats
- Recreation equipment
- Automobiles and auto parts
- Medical devices
Pinpointing exactly who is responsible for making a product defective can be complicated due to the often long chain of companies, manufacturers, and suppliers a product goes through before it reaches the consumer. For example, produce originates at a farm and is then often sent to a processing center. It may then go to several distributors before finally making it to the store shelf.
Liability for a product defect could rest with any of the following:
- 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
How do products become defective?
There are several ways that a product can become defective and cause injury or illness to a consumer. This could include:
- Defective designs that are present in a product from the beginning and were not discovered during the testing phases (or were ignored by the company).
- Manufacturing defects that occur in the course of a product’s production and assembly, altering the product from its original design and rendering it harmful for the consumer.
- Marketing defects that include a variety of issues. This can include incorrect or incomplete labels, inadequate safety warnings, and flaws in the way a product is marketed.
It is time to get your case started
If you or someone you care about has been injured or become ill due to a faulty product, you may be entitled to compensation. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we are going to get to work determining who is responsible for the defective product so you can secure the following:
- Coverage of your medical expenses
- Recovery of lost wages if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against the company or manufacturer involved