Compensation claims for injury and damage caused by faulty, defective products normally target either the producer or supplier of the goods. This is usually the manufacturer or retailer of the product, though claims may also involve various other parties. Defective products claims are often relatively easy to pursue once a product’s defect has been clearly established. Many product liability claims are multi-party. They will often involve a large number of claimants, and may be directed against various parties who have taken part in the production and supply of a defective product. Every party which has handled a defective product, and passed it along the supply chain, will be liable if that product goes on to cause injury or damage. They have an essential legal duty to ensure that the products they supply are safe to use.
Faulty products which pose a danger to consumers falls into four main categories that include: food products, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and biomedical devices. Food products may be contaminated with some well-documented biological viruses, including those which cause outbreaks of Salmonella and E-Coli. Consumer goods refer to everyday household items such as electrical appliances, furniture and children’s toys. Such products may contain defects which pose a fire hazard, or which render them otherwise dangerous. Instructions may lack essential details, or product may not be supplied with appropriate safety warnings.
Pharmaceutical products normally refer to medications and cosmetics. Despite the rigorous testing requirements for prescription medicines, defects and dangers may not become apparent until long after a product has hit the open market. Beauty products such as skin peel solutions may contain defects such as chemical imbalances which can have devastating consequences.
Biomedical devices are products used for reasons of health or aesthetic appearance. This includes products which are implanted such as heart valves and silicon bags, as well as cosmetics such as nose rings and temporary tattoos.Defective products claims must involve a product that is under ten years old, and the claim has to be started in three years of the date of injury or illness diagnosis. Eppsteiner Law APC defective product lawyers in California, have had extensive experience with defective product compensation claims for many years.