PRODUCT LIABILITY

The Truth Behind Product Liability Claims

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 27th, 2011

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 If you made a list of dangerous drugs that were withdrawn from the market only after people started suing, it would be very long.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.

The Truth Behind Product Liability Claims

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 27th, 2011

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 If you made a list of dangerous drugs that were withdrawn from the market only after people started suing, it would be very long.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.

Filing a Product Liability Lawsuit

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 16th, 2010

Product liability lawsuits can be a bit tricky. There are plenty of occasions when people are injured using dangerous products. However, there are some products that are inherently dangerous and that are labeled as being so. What makes a lawsuit over a defective product valid is when you had every expectation of not being injured and the product failed in some way to live up to that expectation. There are several ways that the law related to consumer products functions to hold manufacturer’s responsible for their products.

A defective product attorney can determine whether or not you have a case. They’ll need to know, however, the exact circumstances of the accident and how it occurred. If you were using the product in a way that goes against the indicated uses, there is no lawsuit available to you. Manufacturers are generally very good about labeling their products as to what hazards they pose, and they’re not responsible if you hurt yourself for them. They are most certainly responsible, however, if they hurt you through no fault of their own. Some of the hesitation people have regarding these lawsuits comes from a natural concern that it’s all their fault. This is rarely the case, however.

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.

When Good Products Go Bad

Submitted by jrlaw on May 21st, 2010

The organization called the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has the job of protecting the public from “unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products.” These products can be anything from toys to food to appliances and more. Any product which poses a hazard (by way of fire, electrical shock, chemical burn, mechanical injury or poison) is not fit for release. Unfortunately, the evaluation process is not flawless and sometimes a dangerous product can be released that’s not ready for the market. This is when product liability becomes an issue.

Though we usually think nothing of bringing home a new household product, there have been many cases of documented injuries that have directly resulted from a marketing defect. The CPSC goes on to say that there were 232,900 toy-related emergency room injuries in the year 2007. That same year, there were 18 total deaths; that doesn’t seem like much when compared to the larger picture, but considering that these deaths actually resulted from a child under the age of 15 playing with a toy, it does bring things into perspective. These deadly toys included tricycles, rubber balls, scooters, balloons, stuffed toys and powered riding toys.

Beware of Manufacturer Defect- Case Studies

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 18th, 2010

How a Manufacturing Defect Can Easily Injure Others

Products made by manufacturing companies are everywhere. A manufacturing defect may occur when a manufacturer uses the wrong material, fails to check the product for quality or assembles the parts incorrectly. Even with no flaws in the product design, a manufacturing defect can happen. In this article, we will examine how a manufacturing defect may be the cause of an unfortunate accident through case examples.

Manufacturing Defect in Bic Lighters

ALERT: Infant Play Yards Recalled

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 8th, 2010

About 213,000 Safety 1st Disney Care Center and Eddie Bauer Complete Care play yards, manufactured in China and imported by Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. of Columbus, Ind., have been recalled.

 

The metal bars supporting the floorboard on the bassinet attachment can come out of their fabric sleeves. This creates a suffocation hazard. No incidents have been reported.
 
The play yards were sold by Babies "R" Us, Kmart, Sears, Target and Wal-mart between January 2007 and October 2009.
 
Consumers should immediately stop using the bassinet attachment to the play yard and contact Dorel Juvenile Group for a free repair kit including replacement bassinet fabric, bassinet bars and installation instructions.
 
For additional information, contact Dorel Juvenile Group toll-free at (866) 762-2166 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site www.djgusa.com.

Patent Infringement Halts Sales of Microsoft Word

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 23rd, 2009

A news report on WFAA.com gives the details of a recent court decision that has Microsoft under fire once again. The massive software company has been ordered to stop selling its hugely popular and widely used Microsoft Word products as of January 11, 2010. The issue with the products is that they infringe on a patent held by a Canadian software company known as i4i. In addition to the halt of sales, Microsoft has been ordered to pay the software company almost $290 million dollars in damages.

 

ALERT: Toy Gun Recalled due to Choking Hazard

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 23rd, 2009

According to Justice News Flash, a potentially dangerous toy gun was recalled last week. The toy in question is called the Action Team Toy Dart Gun Set. OKK Trading handles the distribution of the toy.

ALERT: Precious Moments Tree Topper Recall, Poses Fire Hazard

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 23rd, 2009

That peaceful angel sitting atop your Christmas tree may not be as innocent as she appears. If you have a Christmas tree up or even if you have recently picked up some new ornaments you had better have a look at your tree topper. If you are one of the approximately 4,300 owners of a Precious Moments Angel Tree Topper you need to be aware that the item has recently been recalled due to its potential risk of overheating and starting fire, according to an article on JusticeNewsFlash.com.

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