A faulty product can lead to a serious injury. This type of claim is called a “product liability” case. These cases are often difficult to prove, which is why it is always advisable to speak with an attorney who has extensive experience and a solid track record when it comes to product liability cases. Product liability cases tend to fall into one of three categories:
- Design defects. In a design defect case, the plaintiff is claiming that the very design of the product caused the product to be dangerous or defective and therefore led to the plaintiff’s injury. For example, let’s say an aluminum ladder is designed to be lightweight but without sufficient support for someone over 200lbs. The plaintiff, a 250-pound male, uses the ladder when it collapses and causes serious injury. When he sues, later on, the plaintiff would allege that the lightweight design was defective and caused his injury.
- Manufacturing defects. In these cases, the plaintiff claims that the product was poorly or improperly manufactured and thereby lead to the plaintiff’s injuries. Using the example from above, perhaps the ladder’s design was perfectly adequate, but the manufacturer built the ladders without some critical support pieces. The failure to properly manufacture the ladder is the culprit for the plaintiff’s injury.