Product liability claims are widely misunderstood but, at the same time, they're actually pretty simple in theory. When someone puts a product on the market, they owe the customers who buy that product some basic assurances where quality and safety are concerned. If they fail to live up to these expectations, they can be held liable in court, in some instances.
Product liability lawsuits are filed over numerous different types of defects and the damage that they cause. Just to give you an idea of what people have sued over in the past, the list includes:
These lawsuits have some features in common that you need to understand. The products also met at least one of the following criteria:
At least one of those three criteria has to be met about the defective product. The product also has to have cause real harm—physical or financial—in order for someone to sue over it. The damage has to be able to be quantified in terms of cash for someone to file a lawsuit, as well.