Consumer Rights To Be Aware Of In Case Of Defective Products

In recent years, there has been growing awareness of Consumer Rights. Governments and legal systems around the world have put in place mechanisms that protect and address the interests of consumers. Millions of unsuspecting consumers face normal to serious injuries because of defective products. 

Defective products fall under the purview of personal injury claims. With help from the right law firm or attorney, consumers can bring to justice unscrupulous product manufacturers. This can prevent future accidents and injuries from taking place to others. 

In this article, we discuss everything consumers need to be aware of when faced with a defective product. We speak to leading attorneys at The Barnes Firm Rich Barnes that specialize in dealing with defective product lawsuits. 

Three Major Varieties of Product Defect Lawsuits

According to leading legal experts, a defective product claim can be filed based on any one of the three major kinds- 

  1. Design Defects-

The first major type of defect that can result in accidents and injuries relates to defects in the design process. For example, the brake levers in an automobile that erode after a small period owing to their interference with other parts of the vehicle. This can cause accidents. 

  1. Manufacturing Defect-

Most of the injuries take place because of manufacturing defects. The use of substandard quality of raw material that wears and tears after use might result in accidents. A defective manufacturing process that does not involve quality checks is liable to be sued. 

  1. No-Warning Defects-

Every product needs to come with a statutory warning message according to its use. For example, a facewash should mention why its application in the eye areas should be avoided. If this is not mentioned, consumers might end up making mistakes leading to injuries. 

What are the Legal Remedies and how they can be proved for Settlements?

Most legal systems have in place effective mechanisms that can bring to justice businesses that are manufacturing unsafe products. 

In the first case, the consumer needs to establish negligence or carelessness on the part of the manufacturer. They need to work with a good legal counsel that can gather the evidence, file a lawsuit and present the findings in front of a court. The consumer needs to prove that the manufacturing defect took place as the manufacturer was negligent in one or the other areas. 

In the second instance, and this is in major lawsuits where more than one consumer is involved, a case of strict liability is made. In such cases, the onus on proving that there was a defect has already been established. This usually results in group settlements and the withdrawal of the problem product from the market. The business also needs to offer a public statement. 

Selecting a Legal Attorney to File a Defective Product Lawsuit

Consumers need to remember that they are going up against businesses that have sufficiently more resources than them. This means that they need to select a law firm or an attorney that has sufficient experience and expertise in this area. 

Any standard personal injury lawyer will not be able to get the best results. You need a firm that has a history of representing consumers in such lawsuits and getting the best settlement offers. This is easier said than done. 

A lawsuit in a defective product case needs to be airtight. It needs to prove fault and back it up with the help of solid evidence. In most cases, it involves private investigations undertaken by the law firm to gather evidence, questioning employees, and other tactics to prove fault. 

The Final Word

A defective product can cause disability to life-threatening injuries to consumers. Getting the best settlement offer can help in paying medical bills and compensation for loss of salaries and wages if the consumer was a salaried professional. If you have any more questions you need to ask about defective products, let us know in the comments below.