As consumers, we trust that the products we use every day will not jeopardize our safety. However, some products are released to market with dangerous defects, often resulting in serious bodily injury. While there are numerous types of product defects, they generally fall into one of three categories: (1) manufacturing defects, (2) design defects, and (3) misleading or inadequate marketing. If you have been injured by a defective product, Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. is here to help. Our Kansas City product liability attorneys can help you understand if you have a claim, what type of case you have, and how to overcome the legal obstacles which may lie ahead. Below, we look at these three types of claims in more detail.
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As the name implies, this category of personal injury claim deals with products whose effect occurred while the item was physically made during the manufacturing process. For example, a car seat’s frame is built with cracks in the metal, causing it to fail during a collision, anyone injured as a direct result may have the basis to file a product liability claim. However, not all injuries will constitute a claim. Typically, the product must have been used as intended during the time of the accident.
These injury cases stem from products that contain a design flaw. Unlike manufacturing defects, where the final unit differs in some way from intended design (such as a cracked frame), these defects derive from a hazard present in the products fundamental design. Entire product lines are typically affected and the danger exists even though the product is being used exactly as intended. Examples of a tire which may explode while inflated at the recommended PSI. Bicycle seats which break, unable to support the weight of a person who it was designed for, or an airbag which fails to inflate upon a serious impact. Again, to have a valid claim, the victim must have been injured as a direct result of the products defect.
The third category of liability claims centers around a product’s marketing. These claims typically involve hidden dangers that while present in a products design, may not be immediately apparent to the consumer. Product design and manufacturing companies have a responsibility to provide adequate warnings about any potential hazards that may result from the use of their product. Examples can include medications which do not provide information about possible side effects, or a potential harmful disinfectant that doesn’t contain instructions for safe.
Between missed work, medical fees, and time spent recovering your health, experiencing an injury can put your life on hold. At Bertram & Graf, L.L.C., we believe that businesses must be held accountable when they release dangerous products in the world. When you need attorneys with substantial experience and proven track record of success, do not hesitate to give our firm a call. From reviewing your case and gathering evidence to pursing litigation should the need arise; our Kansas City product attorneys are ready to fight for the justice you deserve.
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