Common dangerously defective products
Personal injury cases surrounding dangerous defective products can involve the majority of goods or items sold to consumers. However, some of the more common defective products include:
- Children’s toys
- Medical devices
- Chemicals/Hazardous materials
- Industrial equipment
A product liability case can involve the manufacturer as well as the wholesaler, distributor, and even the retailer of the product in question.
If you’ve been injured due to a defect in the design or manufacture of a product or if there was some type of failure with respect to providing adequate warning or instructions concerning the proper use of the product, you may have a defective product liability claim.
You can’t avoid them, but you can be safe
When you purchase a product, the most basic right afforded to you, as a consumer, is that you’ll be safe while using the product. The designers of products as well as manufacturers and distributors have a legal obligation to check for safety in any product that they put on the market so that it doesn’t pose an unreasonable risk of injury to the consumer.
Common defective products can pose a variety of safety hazards. Toys can create choking hazards for small children because many of them contain small parts. Defects in household items such as toasters or hair dryers can cause burns and electrocution. Serious and even catastrophic injuries have resulted from poorly designed cars, air bags, seat belts, and child car seats.
If you have sustained an injury while using a product, you must prove the following to have a valid product liability claim:
- The product was defective
- The defect in the product resulted in your injury
- You were not at fault for the injury
Determining liability in product defect cases can be complicated, so it’s important to the success of your claim that you seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney with experience in litigating product liability cases. South Dakota residents can turn to personal injury attorneys, Greg Yates and Michael Shubeck, of Rapid City Law. With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Yates and Mr. Shubeck have helped people throughout the state who’ve been injured by dangerous defective products.
Injuries do occur
Dangerous or defective products result in tens of thousands of injuries every year. Injuries from defective products can have a devastating effect on your life. The pain and scars from injuries that are the result of dangerous or defective products — burns, fractures, organ damage, head and limb injuries — can be life-changing.
If you’ve been injured due to a defective product, you have the legal right to file a suit for physical and medical damages. Working with an attorney that is experienced in handling product liability cases is important because each state has its own laws and statutes that pertain to product liability claims. Greg Yates and Michael Shubeck of Rapid City Law are very knowledgeable when it comes to South Dakota personal injury laws.
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