Product liability law, also called "products liability," governs the liability of manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and vendors for damages caused by dangerous or defective products. The goal of product liability laws is to help protect consumers from dangerous products, while holding manufacturers, distributors, and retailers responsible for putting into the marketplace products that they knew or should have known were dangerous or defective. Depending upon the jurisdiction, the liability of the various parties involved as the product passes from the manufacturer to the consumer will vary.

Product liability frequently involves retail items, but can extend to anything that may be sold.

Products Liability and Negligence
A products liability claim is usually based on one or more of the following causes of action:
  • Design defect
  • Manufacturing defect
  • A failure to warn
The claims may succeed even when products were used incorrectly by the consumer, as long as the incorrect use was foreseeable by the manufacturer (or other party in the "supply chain"). Some legal commentators consider claims of failure to warn to be based on negligence.

Mistakes can happen. Sometimes mistakes have severe and permanent consequences. Contact Hoffmeister Doherty & Webb LLC attorneys immediately if you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a defective product. You may be entitled to money for your medical bills and physical and/or emotional injuries, as well as lost wages. There is no fee unless we collect money for you.

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