Products we use in our everyday lives, when created and used correctly, provide relief, improve our quality of life, and keep us safe. When those products are defective or labeled incorrectly, they can cause serious harm and even death. The law that governs these is referred to as "product liability."
The three most common types of product liability are due to defective products, whether because of a design defect, manufacturing defect, or marketing defect.
A product liability claim fits under "design defect" if the design of the product is proven to be defective or dangerous. This means that the manufacturing of the product was completed correctly and that it had adequate labels and warnings, but that the original design was inherently flawed. An example of a design defect is a pair of sunglasses that doesn't shield eyes from UV rays.
In contrast to design defects, manufacturing defects happen when the product is being made. Sometime during the manufacturing process a mistake was made that impacted the integrity of the product, leading to a dangerous or defective product. This also means that the product has sufficient labels and warnings. An example of a manufacturing defect would be a bike that had a crack in the frame.
"Marketing defects" refer to inadequate labeling, warnings, or instructions that accompany a flawlessly designed and manufactured product. An example of a marketing defect would be a medication that caused damaging side effects because it did not state that it was harmful to take a common pill like aspirin at the same time.
These three common types of product defects are very different from one another, but the harmful consequences are the same. It is important that individuals who suffer harm because of a defective product are protected.
That's why Eason Law has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients in Missouri and Illinois. If you've been hurt by a defective product, make sure you get what you deserve. Schedule your free consultation with Eason Law today.