Denver Product Liability Lawyers
When you think about it, consumer products are everywhere you turn. From toys and electronics to medicine and cars, most of us are surrounded by household items and everyday appliances designed to make life easier. When you bring these items into your home, the last thing you probably think about is the possibility of serious injury or death. Rightfully so, you expect the products you buy to function safely – and most do. When consumer products are defective, however, people get hurt. In the most tragic cases, a dangerous product takes lives before consumers become aware of a defect.
The Duties of Product Designers, Manufacturers,and Sellers
Corporations and manufacturers that design, produce, market, and sell consumer products have a responsibility to put only safe products into the marketplace. They must thoroughly test the goods they produce to ensure they will perform without incident. Unfortunately, some companies put a premium on profits instead of safety. They cut corners on testing or rush products to production. When they hear about injuries, they keep it a secret or delay issuing a life-saving recall.
Corporations don’t have a duty to make their products completely accident-proof. After all, accidents happen, and sometimes they’re just unfortunate events. Other times, though, accidents happen because a product is unreasonably dangerous or is manufactured with a concealed defect. The law imposes several obligations on companies that produce consumer goods. They must design and manufacture safe products; they must also provide adequate warnings of potential dangers
associated with a product’s use.
Product designers have a duty to design safe products. Under this theory of product liability, a product is unreasonably dangerous when it could have been designed a different way without changing its fundamental purpose. When companies breach the duty of safe design, every unit produced from that specific design is affected.
Manufacturing defects are different from design flaws. When manufacturing defects occur, they are often confined to just a batch of items within an entire product line. Although the overall design might be sound, some flaw in the production process results in defects within a particular factory run.
Failure to Warn
Manufacturers also have a duty to provide consumers with adequate instructions and warnings. When companies conceal dangers, people get hurt. An appliance or consumer product should also be designed to function safely in the event of human error, and companies must consider human error before they put a product in the stream of commerce. In cases where user error contributes to an injury, a product may be still be defective if it was not labeled with sufficient instructions,
comprehensive warnings, or necessary precautions.
Helping Injured Consumers Receive Just Compensation
At the Klibaner Law Firm, we help people receive fair compensation for injuries caused by defective products. By bringing a case, you could also help protect other consumers from the dangers of a defective product. Your actions could force manufacturers to focus on product safety rather than their bottom line. Call us today at 303-863-1445 to discuss your case.