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Understanding liability in a products liability action

When we purchase new products or use the ones we currently have, we often do this with little to no thought about the reliability of these products. We presume that they will work in the way that they are intended to for a reasonable amount of time. When products no longer work, this is often because they are old and broken. No one thinks about a product being defective or dangerous, having the ability to cause serious harm or even death.

A detective product could enter the stream of commerce for a variety of reasons; however, there are three definitive ways it could. The first is because of a defective design, the second is a manufacturing defect and the third is because of a warning defect. When any of these defects occur and cause harm to a consumer, liability could be placed on a manufacturer or seller.

With regards to sellers being liable, responsibility can lie it a seller of a defective product if they are in the distribution chain. One should note that liability for a product defect could rest with any party that is in the chain of distribution of a product. This includes the product manufacturer, a manufacturer of component parts, the party that assembles or installs the product, the wholesaler and the retail store that sold the product.

When injured by a defective product, injured consumers should take the time to understand the situation and the rights afforded to them. A products liability action could help an injured consumer hold a negligent party accountable, helping a victim recover necessary compensation for their losses and damages suffered.

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