Companies maintain some responsibility over the way a product impacts the consumer’s life even after the product has left their possession. Potentially, a malfunctioning product could cause a devastating personal injury and forever impact an individual’s life.
Successful defective product liability lawsuits require several claim components, and without meeting this burden of proof for proving damages, the injury may not qualify for compensation.
Common injuries from defective products
Defective products find their way to the market every year, causing numerous but unexpected injuries. Any product could lead to an injury from a defective or faulty component, especially when used as directed by the manufacturer. Some of the injuries associated with faulty products include:
- Broken bones
- Brain injury or head trauma
- Internal injuries
These are some of the more serious concerns which often correlate to things like large pieces of equipment, tools, prescription drugs, bicycles, toys or automobiles. However, broken bones could come from a piece of furniture collapsing on your foot or falling over on a child.
Claim components for a defective product
For a claim to successfully make its way through court, you must establish proof of the physical injuries and financial losses you suffered because of the product. Close calls or almost getting injured do not count. You must also establish that the product responsible had a defect either through the manufacturing stage or because of design.
Remember, so long as you use the item as intended, injuries arising as a result of use could qualify for compensation. Check the consumer recall list for products known to cause injury.