How Can I Tell If I Have a Defective Product?

  • January 22nd, 2019

defective productConsumers in Kentucky should be able to buy consumer products without being concerned about product defects and safety risks.

However, defective product issues arise often, causing injuries to consumers in Louisville and across the country. When consumers buy defective products without knowing about the hazards, many people end up getting hurt.

If you or someone you love recently sustained injuries after using a consumer product, you may be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit. Sometimes it can be difficult to know if you have a defective product and whether you are eligible to seek compensation. An experienced Louisville defective product lawyer at Harville Law Offices, PLLC can discuss your case with you today.

What Is a Defective Product?

A defective product is any consumer product that poses a safety risk because of some type of defect in the product. The Cornell Legal Information Institute (LII) explains that product liability law allows a consumer to file a claim when a defective product has caused their injury.

Product liability refers to any defects that occur from phases of design through marketing and sale. Kentucky law provides more detailed descriptions of different forms of defects, generally speaking there are three major kinds of product defects that a consumer may be able to allege:

  • Design defect: there is a defect in the very design of the product or one of its components, which means that the defect occurred before the product was ever manufactured or sold.
  • Manufacturing defect: there is nothing wrong with the design of the product or any of its component parts, but a defect occurred during the manufacture of the product or one of its parts.
  • Marketing defect, or the failure to warn: there is no defect in the design or manufacture of the product or any of its parts, but there is a defect in the marketing of the product, which is also known as a “failure to warn.” This type of defect is somewhat different from the others in that the defect typically is in the labeling of the product (an error or omission in the label), or a failure to warn consumers about risks associated with use of the product.

How Can I Know If a Defective Product Caused My Injury?

Sometimes a product recall will alert consumers that a product is defective, yet often consumers must face risks and injury before a product is recalled. Examples of common product defect recalls and claims include but are not limited to:

  • Dangerous drugs;
  • Defective medical devices;
  • Defective motor vehicle parts;
  • Dangerous children’s products;
  • Toxic household products; and
  • Tainted foods.

Many other consumer products can contain defects, and it is important to reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your case.

Contact a Product Liability Lawyer in Kentucky

Did you suffer an injury recently as a result of a defective product? You may be able to file a product liability lawsuit and to seek compensation for your losses.

An experienced defective product lawyer in Louisville can answer your questions and provide you with more information about filing a claim. Contact Harville Law Offices, PLLC for more information about the services our personal injury law firm provides to clients in Kentucky.


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