Defective & Dangerous Product Attorneys in Eugene
Have you ever stopped to think how many different products you use every day? From your morning coffee to the clothes you wear to the car you drive – Americans use an inestimable number of manufactured goods every year. As consumers, we both assume and depend on the fact that the manufacturers of those products are trustworthy and responsible, and that the products they produce are safe. When a product malfunctions in some way, and someone sustains injuries or damages as a result, then it becomes a case of personal injury under Product Liability law. There are three “types” of product liability cases:
- Defectively manufactured products: The product is flawed because of an error in making it; that one product performs differently from all the rest of the products on the shelf that are exactly like it, and the defective product causes a personal injury of some kind.
- Defectively designed products: The product’s design is inherently flawed; it is not a case of just one product malfunctioning, the entire line of products is defective, and there is a danger of injury and/or death when using it. When there is an “industry recall” of some kind, this is generally what is at issue.
- Failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions: The product does not provide clear and obvious warnings or instructions on proper use, and injury and/or death is the result of insufficient advisory information on how to use the product properly.
Manufacturers are responsible for testing their products adequately before release, as well as providing clear instructions and warnings on their use. Unfortunately, companies do not always meet that responsibility and sometimes release a product that causes injury – or tragedy.
Unconscionably, there are also companies that put their profit margins ahead of public safety and health, and continue to market a product they know to be harmful for financial gain; most notably – the tobacco industry. If you have been injured or suffered damages from using a particular product, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible!