Product Defect Lawyers St. Louis
Faulty or dangerous products can seriously injure or kill innocent victims of all ages. However, product liability cases present complex and challenging issues as the victim must prove that the product that caused injury was defective, and that the defect made the product unreasonably dangerous.
There are three types of defects that might cause injury and give rise to manufacturer or supplier liability – design defects, manufacturing defects and labeling defects.
Design defects are present in a product even before it is manufactured because the product was improperly designed. For example, Ford Pintos with exploding gas tanks were alleged to be defective designs as anyone would expect a car to get struck in the rear and withstand most such impacts without exploding.
Manufacturing defects are those that occur in the course of a product’s manufacture or assembly. Substandard bolts that break may be manufacturing defects.
Labeling defects are flaws in the way a product is marketed such as improper labeling, insufficient instructions or inadequate safety warnings. For example, warnings on plastic bags to “keep away from children” are attempts to avoid labeling defects.
Product liability cases can involve a broad variety of products:
- Defective cars and car parts, including faulty seat belts, brakes, air bags, and tires
- Dangerous toys and playground equipment
- Faulty electrical products
- Malfunctioning elevators, escalators and moving sidewalks
- Defective household appliances such as dishwashers, water heaters, garage door openers
- Defective medical devices, such as pacemakers
- Dangerous prescription drugs, cough and cold medications, and dietary supplements
We will evaluate your case and assess whether you have a product liability claim to pursue. Contact The S.E. Farris Law Firm at 314-A-LAWYER (252-9937) today for a free consultation.
About the author, S.E. Farris
Spencer Farris is a personal injury lawyer at The S.E. Farris Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri. See his profile on Google+