It’s odd, but there are still many people who don’t understand the issues involved with a product liability claim. Many are unaware of the dangers they face using poor quality products.
In this day and age when everyone needs to save money, there is a tendency to buy lower quality, or substandard items. While the item may work for a short period of time, it is virtually guaranteed not to have the kind of shelf life we would like it to have. Aside from the fact that the product likely won’t last that long, the other silent threat is that the substandard quality of that product may cause the users injuries.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s statistics indicate that over 20,000 people die annually due to using defective products. If that number isn’t disturbing, then the close to 30 million individuals injured for the same reason should make you sit up and take notice. A significant number of those injured did choose to file defective product lawsuits to claim damages for their expenses, etc.
Flaws could be as simple as a faulty screw that holds a chair together or as severe as a short in the wiring of an electric appliance or tool, causing the product to explode. Sure, there may well be warning labels on the products, but the truth is that many people don’t take the time to read the labels. Even with a warning label, accidents can and do happen.
Just because something went wrong with a product you were using and you were injured, does not mean that product liability laws will cover all those injuries. An important factor to understand in product liability suits is that if you mishandled or didn’t use the product the correct way, it may mean you are not eligible for compensation.
If you are in a situation where you have been injured by using a poor quality product, take a moment to call a skilled defective product attorney and ask about the merits of your case. S/he will advise you, based on your circumstances, if you have a solid enough case to proceed to court.
Robert Webb is an Atlanta personal injury lawyer with Webb & D’Orazio. To learn more about Atlanta personal injury lawyer, Atlanta personal injury, Atlanta business law, Atlanta criminal defense visit, Webbdorazio.com.