When may I file a lawsuit for a dangerous or defective product?

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2020 | Dangerous and Defective Products

Manufacturers owe a duty of care to design and sell products without hazards or defects. If a product, such as a vehicle, requires a dangerous component, its manufacturer must provide you with a visible warning label to avoid a possible risk.

For example, cars designed with a necessary part that could cause a serious injury require a clearly noticeable label to warn you and your passengers. A failure to warn of any special care or attention required for safe handling may result in a legal action for damages.

Who could file a class action lawsuit against a manufacturer?

Anyone who sustained an injury could begin a legal action against a product manufacturer. A class action lawsuit, however, requires several individuals who used the same goods and suffered the same harm.

Kentucky’s attorney general joined 48 other state attorneys general to settle a class action lawsuit filed against a worldwide car manufacturer. As reported by MSU WKMS-FM Radio, the manufacturer failed in its duty to inform consumers and regulators that its frontal airbags had a high risk of rupturing. Bluegrass State residents received more than $1.4 million in damages.

When may a lawsuit become necessary?

A lawsuit may result in a manufacturer changing its production to make safer goods. Without a legal action, dangerous cars may remain available for sale and have the potential for harming more consumers.

If you sustained an injury because a manufacturer neglected to add a warning, you may decide to file a legal action to protect others. The court may award compensation for medical expenses, surgery and rehabilitation. When a manufacturer’s negligence results in a permanent disability, it may face sufficient liability to provide lifelong compensation.