Defective Products Liability
Products liability refers to the liability of all parties along the manufacturing chain of a product for injury or damage caused by that product. This includes the manufacturer of component parts (at the top of the chain), an assembling manufacturer, the wholesaler, and the retail store owner (at the bottom of the chain). Products containing inherent defects that cause harm to a consumer, or someone to whom the product was loaned, given, etc., are the bases of products liability suits.
Products liability claims can be based on negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty. Generally, one must prove that the product is defective. There are three types of product defects that incur liability for manufacturers and suppliers: design defects, manufacturing defects, and defects in marketing. Design defects are inherent; they exist before the product is manufactured. For example, while the item might serve its purpose well, it can be unreasonably dangerous because of a design flaw. On the other hand, manufacturing defects occur during the construction or production of the item. Here, only a few products out of many produced are flawed. Defects in marketing typically involve improper instructions and failures to warn consumers of hidden dangers in the product.
The statute of limitations, which is the time period fixed by law to file a lawsuit, defective products liability cases in Missouri is five years and in Texas two years. Aside from the concerns of any statute of limitations, products liability cases are very time sensitive because valuable evidence tends to be more difficult to obtain as time passes. Contact the legal professionals at the Law Offices of Roderick C. White as soon as possible. We will evaluate all available evidence and determine what else is needed.
Injuries from defective products often have life changing consequences. Although money will not remedy all wrongs, individuals harmed by defective products have a legal right to just compensation. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective product, contact us at the Law Offices of Roderick C. White immediately. We have the knowledge and experience to aggressively ensure that our clients’ legal rights are protected.