You may not give much thought to the everyday products you use in your home, but what happens when one of them injures you unexpectedly? From baby products to electronic devices, the Consumer Safety Commission lists hundreds of recalled items each year due to manufacturer malfunction or a safety hazard. If you have been injured by a defective product, there are a few liability claims you may want to know about before you file a lawsuit.
Product defect claims are some of the most common in liability cases and occur across almost all manufacturing niches, including toys, automobiles and household furniture. For example, if you buy a recliner and there is a defect in the latch that causes you to fall backward without warning and injure your back, this could be grounds for a product defect claim against the manufacturing company.
Design flaw liability claims are often seen in car manufacturing and may cause recalls. While some vehicles come with design safety hazard warnings, such as labels that warn you if your SUV is prone to tipping over during sudden speed changes, others may not be evident until an injury occurs. A burn from a lamp base that grows hot if left on or that delivers a painful shock due to a defect in the plug design can both be examples of this type of claim.
Products that may pose a certain hazard but fail to warn you can fall under a product liability claim. While not all product labels can warn you about every potentially hazardous situation, those that are not listed and cause you injury may make the company liable.
Product recalls may warn you about defective products; however, if you are injured before the recall, you might still be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.