When you spend your hard-earned money on a car, phone or even a sandwich from the deli, you expect quality as well as safety. We trust product manufacturers and sellers to put items on their shelves that won't land us in the hospital. Unfortunately, mistakes happen. Perhaps food became contaminated during transport or the design for one tiny car part was faulty and caused a fire under the hood. Regardless of the cause of the malfunction, someone is accountable for the damages you or a loved one has suffered.
In many cases where a product liability exists, the manufacturer or seller will issue a product recall. This might include bringing the product in for a repair or it could mean a full exchange. But what if you have a product that is not under recall? What if you have seen signs of a potential hazard? Is there anything you can do to protect yourself and your family? Read below to find out what you should be aware of when it comes to dangerous products in your household.
Checking a product
There are roughly 400 product recalls annually, but most consumers never know about them. Almost 90 percent of consumers that own a recalled product have no idea that they need to return the item. While there are various websites that list product recalls, including a government website, it can still be difficult for consumers to keep track and know if they have a product that is under recall. This means you have to stay proactive when it comes to the products you bring into your home. At the first sign of a problem, go directly to the manufacturer's website to see if a recall is in effect.
In general, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating food and drug handling, distribution and overseeing food recalls. Salmonella, e. coli and chemical contamination tend to be the main causes of food poisoning. Meat products, shellfish, and fruit and vegetables tend to carry the highest risk when it comes to potential contamination.
In regards to product liability, you might be able to sue for negligence or for strict liability. For example, if a manufacturer did not properly test a product before introducing it to the market, you might be able to claim your injuries resulted from the maker's negligence. In a strict liability case, negligence does not matter. Even if the manufacturer tested, re-tested and triple tested a product, if an error occurred in the manufacturing process and an injury resulted, the company might have to pay damages.
If you or loved one has been injured due to a defective product, you might be able to file a lawsuit for damages. Just because a company can hire expensive lawyers does not mean you should not fight back. You deserve to have safe products in your Phoenix home that are free from injury-inducing defects.