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Defining Product Liability
Product liability encompasses the area of the law concerning who is held responsible when a product malfunctions or has a negative effect on a person. The actual defect of a product can fall into three different categories: design, manufacturing, and marketing. In all three instances, a defect may occur that could cause safety issues.
Famous Product Liability Cases
Product liability cases are based on proving who is responsible for a certain malfunction. Determining who is responsible will result in how compensation will proceed. Several famous product liability cases include General Motors, Philip Morris, and Dow Corning:
- GM has received unwanted publicity three years ago when many of its automobiles were diagnosed with faulty ignition switches that could lead to the engine completely turning off while driving.
- In 2002, a woman who was diagnosed with lung cancer (due to her tobacco addiction) sued Philip Morris (a cigarette company) because of their failure to inform her of smoking risks.
- Dow Corning and Corning Co. was sued by their customers who experienced a malfunction in their silicone breast implants. The implants would rupture causing injury and sometimes death.
How Can the Law Help?
At WHGM, we are experienced attorneys who will fight for you in court when you suffer from product malfunction. There are many ways we can make this horrible occurrence right for you and your family, including winning you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to talk to one of our lawyers about your incident.