Understanding Product Liability
A product is considered dangerous if it causes harm when used in the manner promoted by the manufacturer. A medical device, for example, intended to help a medical condition that in turn harms the patient is a product liability issue. The same would apply to a design flaw in a piece of furniture that causes harm to the person who uses the piece.
If you have been harmed by any type of consumer product when you were using it for its intended purpose, it may be in your best interest to speak to a product liability attorney.
Your attorney will determine who the responsible parties are for the injury. Sometimes it is more than just the manufacturer to blame. Design flaws, flawed manufacturing process, or inaccurate marketing may also have contributed to the injury. Your attorney will name all responsible parties in any lawsuit they file for you to ensure that all responsible parties are held accountable.
Multi District Litigation and Class Action Suits
There are times that many people are injured by using a specific product resulting in multiple cases being filed at different courts around the country. This is often the case with dangerous medications or dangerous medical equipment or devices. When this happens, the court usually combines the cases into a multi-district litigation or class action lawsuit.
If you have been injured by one of these products, your attorney will provide you with the right information on how to proceed in making a claim. After careful review, they will either recommend that you join the suit or file a lawsuit independently. Only your attorney can determine the best course of action based on the facts of your case.
Businesses, manufacturers, marketers, and designers have an obligation to put safe products out into the public for consumption. If they fail to meet this obligation, injury victims have the right to seek compensation for their injuries.