What if a Recall Isn’t Enough to Solve your Problems with a Defective Product?

Recalls of products have become a part of our daily lives. We receive notifications in the mail about products that we’ve purchased, or see news reports about items ranging from frozen spinach to washing machines. Recalls are actions that are taken either by a manufacturer of a product or by the government. In both cases their purpose is to protect us from items that are liable to cause us harm. In some cases, a recall stops a product from being sold, while in other cases it may ask us as consumers to take actions to protect ourselves, either by not using a product, or returning it for replacement or repair. What is important to understand is that though some product recalls are initiated as a result of the manufacturer making a discovery and acting to defend the public, in most cases the actions are initiated because somebody has gotten hurt – something had to go wrong in order for the action to be initiated. So where does that leave a person who has been injured? Recalls help to prevent problems, but what if a recall isn’t enough to solve your problems with a defective product? If this has happened to you, then filing a product liability claim with the help of the attorneys from Wallace Law may be your best answer.

Product liability claims are lawsuits that are filed seeking compensation for damages caused by a product that is defective. These products can include just about anything that is sold to consumers, ranging from automobiles to toys, from pharmaceutical products to food. If a manufacturer or seller of a product has acted irresponsibly in the design, construction, or labeling of a product and a consumer is injured as a result, then the negligent party can be held legally and financially responsible for the damages that have been incurred. These damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost potential, and more.

The parties that are most frequently held responsible in a product liability lawsuit are the manufacturer, the designer of the product, the entity responsible for the product’s assembly or installation, and the store or wholesaler that provided the product to the consumer. Liability is generally based on one of three different types of defects:

  • Manufacturing defects that occur when the product is being assembled or manufactured
  • Design defects that should have been foreseen as unsafe before the product was manufactured
  • Marketing defects that include mistakes or omissions in labeling or warning that lead to injury

The injuries that can occur as a result of product defects range from minor to those resulting in death. Though manufacturers learning of defects within their products may act quickly and issue recalls to try to prevent others from being injured after they learn of a problem, they are still responsible for the injuries that have already been caused. If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, then the product liability claims attorneys at Wallace Law can help. Call us today to set up a free consultation.