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Is your Injury Due to a Faulty Product?

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 3rd, 2010

Faulty products cause thousands of injuries each year. Today, there is even more reason to be concerned about this. More and more, manufacturers have turned to outsourcing as their primary means of manufacture. This means that, when you buy a product from a company, that company may well have had nothing to do with how it was manufactured, where it was manufactured or the standards of quality and safety to which that product was held. This is a worrisome situation and many consumers have found reason to be suspicious of today's manufacturers.

A good number of products sold in the US are made in China. The labor and safety standards in that nation are far less than they are in the US. While these products are supposed to be manufactured to US standards, there have been many instances of unsafe products being sold in the US, including the infamous incident where baby products were found to contain lead paint. The fact that these products are manufactured in another nation doesn't mean that no one is responsible for it when they injure or kill the consumers who purchase them.

The chain of responsibility has more links than just the manufacturer. The distributer of the product can be held liable for damages, as well. If the marketing used to sell the product was deceptive or inaccurate, the marketer may also be held responsible for damages. US law is very detailed in how it holds those who make a profit off of a product responsible for that product's performance and safety. This means that US consumers may have compensation available to them, even if the product was manufactured in a nation with no consumer protection laws at all.

These cases fall under product liability law. Though there is no accident in these cases—as the incident could have been prevented with more stringent manufacturing and safety standards—the injuries can be very real. If you've been injured by a product or have been injured by the irresponsibility of a lax company, you may have a product liability claim and you should explore your options for compensation. Those companies that fail to live up to their legal obligations generally make no effort to do so until they're held accountable, and product liability law does just that. In the best case scenario, you may end up being relieved of the financial burdens incurred.