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Who is liable for a dangerous or defective product?

Injuries sustained from a dangerous or defective product can have a dramatic impact on the lives of victims. It is important for victims to be familiar with legal resources protecting them when they have been harmed by a dangerous or defective product and the parties that may be liable to help them with their damages.

Products liability law protects victims injured by dangerous or defective products. Victims can bring a products liability claim for damages to help them with their physical, financial and emotional damages. Victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages, as well as other types of damages depending on the circumstances. There are different theories upon which liability may be based which is why it is helpful for victims to be familiar with how products liability law works.

Victims have the right to be safe when using everyday consumer products and when that ordinary expectation of the consumer is not met, a variety of parties may be liable to compensate victims for their damages. Parties that may be liable for the damages suffered by victims in a products liability claim include the manufacturer of the product; the manufacturer of component parts of the product; the assembler of the product; the installer of the product; the product wholesaler; or the retailer of the product that sold the product to the consumer.

Parties in the chain of distribution of a dangerous or defective product may be liable for design defects, manufacturing defects and marketing defects. Products liability claims can be complex but can serve as an important remedy for the damages victims have suffered which is why victims should be familiar with the legal options available to them.

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