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.
When people talk about healthcare, they often talk about how lawsuits increase the costs. If you made a list of dangerous drugs that were withdrawn from the market only after people started suing, it would be very long. Prescription drugs are just one of the products that are covered under product liability law. This law ensures that manufacturers cannot release something onto the market and claim its safe without being held responsible for that product.
Some of the most dangerous products on the market are tools. These products are simply dangerous when they’re used exactly as intended. There’s no such thing as a safe table saw, for instance. The manufacturers of these devices have to ensure, however, that the products they manufacture are labeled clearly as to their hazards and that they’re made as safe as possible. Product liability lawsuits sometimes involve products that are dangerous under normal circumstances, but which are also manufactured to poor standards that result in them being even more dangerous than need be the case.