Defective and dangerous products cause thousands of injuries to people and property in the U.S. every year. Product liability refers to the law that governs the liability of designers and manufacturers and others, such as suppliers, distributors, and retailers, for injuries to a consumer or a business caused by a defective or dangerous product. Designers and manufacturers generally have more insight and knowledge about their products than consumers do, so it falls to the designer or manufacturer to assume financial responsibility for any injuries or damage they cause.
Types of Product Defects
There are three types of defects that may cause injury and give rise to designer, manufacturer or supplier liability:
- Design defects – Defects present in the design product before manufacturing occurs.
- Manufacturing defects – These defects which occur during the process of manufacturing the product. This can include the use of a defective material or machine in the manufacturing process that causes the product to fail or not work as intended.
- Marketing defects – Examples of this are inadequate safety warnings, improper labeling or misrepresentation in labeling, or misleading or insufficient instructions. (See also fraud).
Product liability lawsuit cases are complicated and expensive endeavors. Burg Simpson’s lawyers have collectively handled hundreds of product liability cases, both on the plaintiff side and the defense side. Our experience and resources allow us to handle even the most complex product cases (including class actions) efficiently and effectively. Our product liability lawsuit experience encompasses a wide array of consumer products, including:
- Manufacturing Equipment
- Medical Devices
- Pharmaceutical Products Several of our other attorneys have taken national leadership roles in massive defective drug litigation cases. Please see our separate extensive Dangerous Drugs section of this website.
- Motor Vehicles
- Farming Equipment
- Construction Equipment
- Children’s Products
- Household Products
- Building Products