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What Do I Do If a Product / Food Item is Unsafe?

Mar 28, 2018
By: Richard Schwartz & Associates

Imagine going to the store and buying groceries, maybe you’re buying a gift for a child, or getting a treat for yourself. Consumers trust that when we buy something off a shelf in the store, it is supposed to be tested and safe for use or safe to eat. We shouldn’t have to worry about the products we buy. However, this isn’t always the case.

Defective products or incorrectly prepared food items happen more frequently than people think. Here are the most common occurrences consumers run into.

Design Defects

From the conception design of the product up until it hits the shelf, some items may pose potential hazards. Design defects occur when manufacturers knowingly design a product with a potential danger. For injured parties, proving that there is a safer design and showing the manufacturer failed to uphold their duty to consumer safety is important.

Manufacturing Defects

Manufacturing defects are the most common product liability claims. These would be errors made during the construction of the product. When a product uses poor quality materials, substandard workmanship, inadequate oversight, lack of quality control, and inadequate testing, it can be dangerous to potential consumers. For instance, the production of a child’s toy with loose parts presenting a choking hazard.

Marketing Defects

This occurs when a product fails to report any risks or dangers before use and the buyer of that product is injured. When a manufacturer fails to provide a proper warning of a danger regarding their product, or if they advertise the item for use in a dangerous way, the manufacturer may be considered liable.

Your Rights

If you have endured any physical pain and suffering, emotional trauma, mental anguish, medical expenses, future medical needs, or loss of wages due to an injury or illness sustained after the use of a product, you have the right to seek compensation.

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