When a consumer picks up a product from a store shelf and takes it home, there is an inherent assumption of safety. The consumer trusts this product will not hurt them if it is used as instructed. But all too often, that trust is betrayed.
Defective and dangerous products cause thousands of injuries to people and property in the United States every year. In 2015, for example, defective baby products sent nearly 70,000 children under five to the emergency room.
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.
If you or a family member has been injured by a defective or dangerous product, call a Colorado product liability attorney as soon as possible at 303-792-5595.
Defects can come in almost any form, but they all fall into one of three general categories:
- Design defects: These defects arise when a manufacturer designs a product that makes it inherently dangerous. Design defect claims are independent of the manufacturing process. Cars, recreational equipment, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, and heavy equipment, are just a few of the products that hit the market with bad designs. These defects often lead to a safety recall by the manufacturer or regulators.
- Manufacturing defects: These flaws are a result of the manufacturing process. Manufacturing defects typically affect just a few of the company’s products. For example, a food processing plant that fails to properly clean or maintain its equipment can be held liable for contaminating a product – such as ice cream, juice, or produce – with deadly bacteria.
- Failure-to-warn defects: Manufacturers and sellers can also be held liable when they fail to warn buyers, or consumers that their products can be inherently dangerous. These failure-to-warn of defects can cause a product to be unreasonably dangerous. Consumers are used to seeing product warnings on nearly everything they buy. Vehicles, recreational equipment, baby products, toys, pharmaceuticals, and other consumer products pose dangers that can lead to serious injury or death. (See alsofraud).
Product liability lawsuit cases are complicated and expensive endeavors. Burg Simpson’s Colorado commercial litigation lawyers collectively have handled hundreds of product liability cases, both on the plaintiff side and the defense side. If you have been injured by a defective product, don’t hesitate to reach out to Burg Simpson today at 303-792-5595.
Our experience and resources allow us to handle even the most complex product cases (including class actions) efficiently and effectively. Our experience in product liability lawsuits 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 Dangerous Drugs
- Motor vehicles
- Farming equipment
- Construction equipment
- Children’s products
- Household products
- Building products
If you have been injured by any of these products, it is important that you get in touch with a Colorado commercial litigation attorney quickly. Call Burg Simpson at 303-792-5595 to discuss your case with us now.
CALL A BURG SIMPSON PRODUCT LIABILITY LAWYER TODAY
Burg Simpson has decades of experience in handling cases involving dangerous or defective products. A Colorado corporate litigation attorney at Burg Simpson is here to help. Call before it’s too late at 303-792-5595.