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What you should know about defective products

There is an assumption on the part of most consumers that products available for purchase from retailers will be safe, when used as intended. Chances are you assume this too. Sadly, this is not always the case and each day, people throughout the state of California, are injured as a result of defective products. While virtually any product could contain a defect, lately these types of issues have been in the news pertaining to motor vehicles, equipped with defective airbags, which have been recalled.

If you, or a loved one, are hurt because of a defective product, you should know that you may be able to take legal action against the party responsible for the defect. There are several different types of defects that could prompt a products liability lawsuit.

Design Defect

The first is a defect in the design of the product. When a product's design has a flaw any person who uses that product could be hurt. As this defect arises before the product is even manufactured, the root of this issue is early on the life of the product.

Manufacturer Defect

Defects with the design are not the only reason a consumer might be injured due to the use of a product. It is possible the way in which the product is manufactured could result in a product defect as well. Issues with manufacturing could include parts that are faulty, or in some cases, missing.

Lack of Instructions or Adequate Warnings

Even when a product is defect free in both its design and the way it is manufactured, it is possible a product liability claim could be filed if a person is hurt while using it. This type of claim could arise if the product that inflicted the injury is not accompanied by information regarding its safe use. Information of this nature should be included with products that are dangerous when used as intended, or, if there is a hidden danger accompanying the use.

Products liability cases are often complex. Because of this, if you think you, or a loved one, were hurt as a result of a defective product, it is advisable to contact a lawyer who has a thorough understanding of cases of this nature.

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