Each year, people are injured and killed by defective products that explode, fall apart, or pose other hazards to consumers. The economic and physical damages from these products can place everyone at risk, including children. No one should have to pay for damages caused by someone else, even if the third party is a company.
If you or a loved one was injured by a product malfunction, consider hiring a Baton Rouge defective products attorney who can help you earn the compensation you deserve.
Consequences of Defective Products
Defective products can cause harm to anyone from a child to an adult and in any place like work or at home. Toys, machines, electronics like smartphones, and bicycles can all contain product defects. It only takes one defect to ruin someone’s life. The damages caused by defective products can range from minor injuries to long-term disabilities.
Exploding batteries in certain phones and hoverboard toys can result in serious injuries like third-degree burns, disfigurement, or brain damage depending on how close the person was to the explosion. Bicycles that unexpectedly fall apart can lead to broken bones in unsuspecting bike riders traveling at high speeds. Automatic machines at work or tools can quickly become dangerous if they function improperly.
It is estimated that around $2,800 is spent per person because of defective children’s toys and stepladders. Overall, defective products can cost up to $1 trillion a year in damages. This is a substantial hit for those who suffer the costs.
Types of Defective Product Claims
When it comes to product liability, there are three main types. Design defects exist in the product itself and can be traced back to all products of the same design. These defects can result in massive lawsuits against the product manufacturer by multiple consumers. For example, the hoverboard company was sued so many times that they retracted the hoverboard version with exploding batteries from store shelves.
Manufacturing defects happen during the factory creation of the product. They may only involve one or a few products. This can happen from simple human errors or production errors in factory machines.
Marketing defects involve incorrect labels or a lack of warning labels on products like medicines, machines, or power tools. For example, you have probably seen warning stickers on lasers that tell you not to shine the beam in your eyes or allergy listings on medications. These warning labels are designed to protect consumers. A lack of them may warrant a lawsuit.
Seeking a Defective Products Attorney in Louisiana
Suffering damages from a product you paid for can be frustrating, especially if the product was expensive and your medical bills were high. Talk to a Louisiana personal injury lawyer if this happened to you or a loved one and you are ready to take the next step. You may be eligible to receive compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. Call Rusty Messer & Associates today at (225) 963-9638 for a free case consultation.