Understanding the 3 Main Types of Product Defects

You likely use hundreds of different products every week. These range from necessities like vehicles or appliances to entertainment items like drones or tablets. Most of the time, these products work wonderfully, and really help to make our lives better. Sometimes, however, there can be a problem with a product, which results in a serious accident or injury. This is typically caused by some type of product defect.

If it can be shown that you or a loved one was injured by a product defect, it may be possible to file a lawsuit to get just compensation. In these situations, there are three main types of defects that can lead to an injury. Understanding each of them will help you to better prepare for your potential case.

1. Design Flaws

A lot of time and effort is put into the design of new products, and in most cases, they are thoroughly tested to ensure they function as expected. In some cases, however, products that have a serious defect will make it to the market. A design flaw will impact an entire line of products, which means there are often multiple people who are injured because of it. In some cases, a design flaw can lead to a class-action lawsuit. In others, they are handled by separate suits for each victim.

2. Manufacturing Defects

A manufacturing defect is a problem that occurs when the product is made. While these can impact an entire product line, it is more often a problem with just one item or a small batch of them. This can occur, for example, if a machine involved in the production process makes some type of mistake, and some of the products make it to market before it is discovered.

3. Misleading Labels

The last type of “product” defect actually involves a defect with respect to the labeling of the product rather than with the product itself. Companies are required to alert consumers to potentially dangerous ingredients, safety hazards, harmful chemicals, and other known risks associated with the product. If they fail to include this required information, and someone is injured because of it, they can be held responsible.

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Personal injury cases are quite common, but they can also be quite complicated. If you have been injured, you should have your situation evaluated by a legal professional as soon as possible to see if a lawsuit may be appropriate. The sooner you can talk to an attorney after an injury, the better your chances will be should you file a lawsuit. This is because it will be possible to gather better evidence and craft a more effective case. Please contact us to schedule a consultation today.