Sometimes a product – even a new product – fails due to a defect and it causes a serious injury or death. In recent years, we have seen product failures in tire blowout cases, vehicle rollover cases, and airbag deployment cases. Many products liability cases involve a manufacturing defect in which one product was not manufactured properly. That is, the design of the product was proper, but something happened in the manufacturing process such that one particular product was not assembled according to specifications and the defective product was sold to an innocent consumer. The product failed and people were seriously hurt. In such a case, the wrecked or damaged product needs to be inspected, tested and preserved. If it can be shown that the product was in a defective condition and unreasonably dangerous, a products liability case can be pursued.
Another type of products liability case occurs when a product is improperly designed and the entire product line is defective. In this type of case, every product that rolled off of the manufacturer’s assembly line is defective and unreasonably dangerous. Such products are often recalled. If an accident occurs because of the product defect, the wrecked or damaged product needs to be inspected, tested and preserved.
A third type of products liability case occurs when someone modifies a product in a way that makes the product defective and unreasonably dangerous. Again, a very important issue is to preserve the wrecked or damaged product so it can be inspected and tested.
Products liability cases generally require one or more expert witnesses to inspect the wrecked or damaged product, review the design specifications, and provide engineering or manufacturing quality control opinions to determine whether a product was defective and unreasonably dangerous. We have handled such cases in the past, and we have the ability to locate and hire the experts that are needed to prove a particular case.
If you or a friend or family member have been injured as the result of a product defect, we would be happy to discuss the facts of your case with you. Please call our office for a free consultation.