When purchasing a product, whether it be something you use, consume or drive, consumers generally expect these manufactured goods to function correctly if used as directed. However, statistics provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicate thousands of individuals are injured or killed annually, due to defective and hazardous products in the marketplace. It was also reported that injuries and deaths caused by malfunctioning products cost the nation more than $700 billion every year.
Potentially hazardous or even lethal defects in products can stem from mechanical issues to harmful bacteria found in food. Take drop-side cribs, for instance. The CPSC warned parents and caregivers of the dangers associated with drop-side cribs in March 2010, after approximately 32 children were killed resultant of the defective cribs within a span of nine years.
Additionally, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) reported that 76 million individuals residing in the U.S. become ill after consuming contaminated food on an annual basis. While not all of these cases occurred due to negligence on the part of a manufacturer, per se, countless products are recalled each year because of contamination that occurred during the manufacture, processing, or distribution of these products.
Some products are recalled due to mislabeling, as well. For example, if an ingredient was accidentally omitted from a product’s labeling, a consumer allergic to that ingredient could run the risk of suffering a severe of life-threatening allergic reaction. It is the company’s responsibility to make sure all products made available to the public are properly labeled, as well as free of contaminants and defects.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. If a manufacturer or company is found to be liable for your injuries or the death of a loved one, you may be eligible to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, future wages, funeral expenses (if applicable), as well as pain and suffering.
For assistance finding a knowledgeable product liability attorney that has experience litigating defective product-related claims, please feel free to call (866) 598-1315.
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