What Are the Different Types of Defective Product Lawsuits?

Each day, victims are injured or killed because of a defective or dangerous product. Almost on a weekly basis, we read or hear news reports about the latest recall or accident caused by a product that turned out to be dangerous. Vehicle recalls – such as airbags and ignition switches – and medical devices are two examples of products that have caused thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths because the product failed.

Victims who have been injured due to a defective product and families of victims who were killed can file lawsuits seeking financial compensation for their injuries. A North Carolina defective product attorney can assist victims in pursuing damages against those responsible for the defect.

In a defective product lawsuit, your Carolinas attorney will look to prove the product that injured you had one of the following types of defect:

Design Defect:

When a product has a design defect, it means that even prior to production of the product, the design itself was dangerous. Examples of design defects are toys that contain choking hazards or furniture that tips suddenly tip over.

Manufacturing Defect

When a product has a manufacturing defect, it means that there were factors during the manufacturing process that caused the defect. Examples of manufacturing defects include the use of counterfeit parts, poor quality control, or machinery that is not working properly. Examples of manufacturing defects include incorrect bolts used in assembling a child’s car seat or installing a circuit board incorrectly, creating a fire hazard.

Marketing Defect

Marketing defects are actually inadequate warnings to the consumer that there may be dangerous risks involved in using the product or that the instructions provided to use the product were not correct. Examples of marketing defects include the failure of a drug manufacturer to properly warn physicians and consumers of possible side effects associated with the drug or inadequate warnings on cleaning products alerting the consumer of how caustic the cleaner could be.

Contact a Defective Product Injury Attorney Today

If you have suffered an illness or injury caused by a defective or dangerous product, contact a skilled North Carolina product recall attorney to discuss what legal recourse you may have against the manufacturer or other potentially responsible parties.

At Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, our Virginia product liability attorneys know how devastating a defective product accident can be for a family. Our personal injury firm represented the estate of a man who was killed when the lawnmower he was on exploded and burnt him to death Not only was the manufacturer aware that the plastic fuel tank and fuel line connection was insecure, but they had designed a new fuel tank within a year after the victim had purchased his mower and never alerted consumers of the prior defect.

The company also denied there were any other reports of fires caused by their lawnmower, but an intensive investigation by our attorneys revealed not only were there other reports, but that the company was fully aware these reports existed. The jury found in favor of the victim’s family with an award of $2.5 million.