When you’re hurt by a defective product, it’s not always easy to determine where to start. Your injuries will drain your time and energy, and you may already not have the tools to determine what type of product liability claim you’re facing. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to determine your claim type alone. If you’re not sure what type of product liability claim you’re facing, reach out to your personal injury lawyer about the injuries you’ve suffered and what caused your injuries. 

Manufacturing Defects

When you’re hurt by a defective product, the issue may be that the product was made defective. For example, your brakes may have had an acceptable design, but when you tried to stop, they failed and led to a serious car accident. 

These defects can be dangerous, and they may be the manufacturer’s fault. If you’re not sure who manufactured the product that harmed you, reach out to your lawyer for more details about your claim. Your lawyer can help you identify the at-fault party and ensure you file your claim within your state’s time limits

Design Defects

In some cases, the manufacturer may not have done anything to make the product more dangerous. The product may have instead been dangerous because of aspects of its design. 

Let’s say you’re using a power tool, and that tool had guards that didn’t cover enough area to protect you. While the tool itself wasn’t defective, you still got hurt because it was designed poorly. Your injuries could have been avoided if they had designed the tool with a larger protective guard for your hands. 

If you’ve been injured because the product was designed poorly, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Reach out to a lawyer to help you gather evidence of a design defect and prove you were injured by it. 

Failure to Warn 

In other product liability claims, the product may work exactly as intended, without any defects. But that doesn’t mean it’s safe, or that the at-fault party isn’t still liable for the costs of your injuries. In some cases, they may have failed to warn you on how to use the product correctly, or they may have failed to warn about certain dangers associated with the product. 

One common warning label you may see is about choking hazards. That’s because if the company failed to warn about the choking hazard, they may be held liable if a parent didn’t know about these small pieces and their child was hurt or killed by the product. If you’ve suffered because a company failed to warn you about the dangers of their product, you may be entitled to compensation. 

Take Your Product Liability Claim to Your Lawyer 

When you’re hurt by a dangerous product defect, from tires to medical products and beyond, taking the right steps toward your recovery can be difficult. Fortunately, you don’t have to handle your claim alone. 

The lawyers at Craig Swapp & Associates have the tools to assess your product liability claim, ensuring you take the right steps toward compensation. We also offer free consultations so you know what to expect before your day in court. To learn more, reach out by calling 1-800-404-9000 or by completing the online contact form below. 

Written By: Ryan Swapp     Legal Review By: Craig Swapp