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Know who's liable if you're hurt by defective products

No matter what you buy, you want to know that the product is safe. Whether it is a drug for an illness or a toy for your child, it is important that the item is safe for use.

When a manufacturer does not take steps to make sure products fall within safety guidelines, they put the public at risk. It is very important that they are held liable for that.

What should you do if you are hurt by a product you purchased?

If you are hurt by a product you purchased, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit. Defective or dangerous products are a serious problem, and the law takes injuries and damages seriously as well.

It is important to understand that a product liability case can occur whether you were the first purchaser of a product. Even if you did not buy the product and were given it by another person, that would still allow you to file a lawsuit if you suffered an injury.

Who could be liable for injuries caused by a defective product?

It could be one of several people. Possible liable entities include:

  • The manufacturer of the product
  • The wholesaler
  • The retail outlet selling the item
  • The party assembling or installing the product
  • A manufacturer of components of the product

If you are looking for strict liability to apply to the case, you will need to show that the product was sold in the normal course of the supply chain. For example, if you buy the product at a store, then the store may be liable. However, if you purchase it at a garage sale, the person running the garage sale is likely not liable.

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