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Types of Defects in Product Liability Claims

Unfortunately, defective or dangerous products often make it into the marketplace. If you have been injured or made ill because of a malfunctioning product, you may have a product liability claim. When filing a claim, it is important that you clearly outline the problem with the product and how it harmed you. The different types of defects are:

  • Design defects. The designer or engineer created a defective design that leads to consumer harm. This product is inherently dangerous, and the entire line of products may cause injury or death.
  • Manufacturing defects. The defect appears during product manufacture. There was an error during production, which means that the defect may not be in all of the products.
  • Marketing defects. When the marketing fails to warn the consumer of possible danger or provide proper instructions, an injury may result. There isn’t necessary a problem with the product itself, but the user was not properly informed how to use it.

Knowing what kind of defect you are dealing with can help you build your case.

A defect can appear in any type of product. The most common types of products involved in liability claims include:

  • Pharmaceuticals – prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications
  • Heavy machinery – construction equipment, tools
  • Automobiles – airbags, seatbelts, tires
  • Consumer products – household appliances, electric blankets
  • Children’s products – toys, bedding, car seats
  • Medical equipment – defibrillators, stents, implants, contraceptive devices

These are just an example of some of the types of products that can be defective. No matter the type of product, if you think you have a product liability claim, an experienced West Virginia personal injury attorney can help.

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