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What are the types of product defect claims?

When you purchase a product, you assume that it is safe to use in the intended manner.

While most products are safe, this doesn't hold true across the board. Defective products, ranging from automobiles to baby toys, have the potential to make their way to the market. When this happens, consumers are put in a difficult spot.

There are three general types of product defect claims:

  • Design defects. This is exactly what it sounds like: The manufacturer designs a defective product that could cause injury during normal use.
  • Manufacturing defects. This is the result of a defective manufacturing process.
  • Defects in warnings. Some products come with written warnings; however, there are times when this is omitted despite the fact that it should have been included.

As a consumer, you should be careful about everything you purchase. Before doing so, search far and wide for information on recalls and potential defects.

If you come across a recall or potential defect, it's best to purchase another product. Even though you may never be impacted by the defect, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Any injury caused by a product defect calls for immediate medical attention. You need to better understand your injury and the best course of treatment.

Once you clear the air in regards to your health, you can look into your legal remedies. How you move forward is based largely on the type of defect and your injuries. There are two legal theories for product defect cases: strict liability and negligence. It's important to understand the details of both, as well as where your case fits in.

Source: FindLaw, "Defective Products and Consumer Rights," accessed Aug. 24, 2017

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