Let the buyer beware: Three types of product defects

When people purchase products or services, they generally believe that the product has gone through rigorous testing and is safe for them to use. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. At McGowan & Cecil, LLC, we know that defects in the product design, manufacture or distribution may lead to serious injuries, or even death for the consumer.

There are three types of product liability cases available to consumers who are dealing with a product defect matter. The first problem can occur in the product design, meaning that there were errors in the actual blueprint of the product. No matter how the product is put together, it would be defective due to the poor design. Secondly, mistakes can occur in the manufacturing process. Problems can happen anywhere along the assembly process, from poor construction of the entire product to a defect in one single part of the whole product. While the manufacture may be held liable for any errors that occur in the process, the company that made and supplied the single defective part may also be to blame for the malfunction.

If there are any chances that a consumer may be injured while using a product or the item is dangerous in some manner, the company has a responsibility to warn people of potential harm. Instructions should be given on how to use the item correctly and warnings of how misuse may lead to injury. If no warning is provided, the company may face charges of product liability.

To learn more about product liability, visit our personal injury page.

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