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Defective Products and Personal Injury: What You Need to Know

In a perfect world, all of the products we buy and use would be safe. Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world where some products are defective and dangerous. Defective products are responsible for countless injuries in Missouri and the United States each year.

If you have been injured because of a defective product or product malfunction, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries from the seller, manufacturer, or other individuals or companies. Contact the Jefferson City, Missouri, Personal Injury Attorneys at Call & Gentry Law Group to better understand your legal options.

What are Defective Products?

The most common types of legal claims based on defective products involve products that were either negligently designed, suffered manufacturing defects or did not contain proper and sufficient warnings or instructions. Defective products can also be items that were designed or manufactured correctly, but do not function or perform as intended, such as a product that fails to support its advertised weight or a product that melts at a temperature it is advertised to sustain.

In the simplest of terms, when you buy a product from a person or company, and that product fails to work as promised or expected, and you were injured as a result, you may have a defective product claim.

Types of Defective Products Personal Injury

Manufacturing Defect

Sometimes, products simply “come off the assembly line” incorrectly. In some instances, manufacturers are able to timely identify the defect and either take the defective product out of circulation before shipping or recall the product after it leaves the factory.

Unfortunately, some manufacturers ship defective products because they think the defect will not cause harm to the consumer or because they failed to timely identify the defect before the product is sold to the customer. Manufacturing defect claims often involve numerous individuals who were injured by a product in a same or similar manner.

False Advertising

Sometimes, companies say a product will or can do something the product will not or cannot do. These kinds of claims are often pursued by government agencies or state attorney general offices in an effort to protest the general public, but individuals injured by a product who used it in accordance with the advertised purpose or instruction may have a claim if they relied on the message advertised by the company who created the product.

Failure to Warn

Some products are inherently dangerous. Examples of inherently dangerous products are things like knives, scissors, or fireworks. These kinds of products are dangerous by definition – the purpose of a knife is to cut and fireworks that do not explode make for a lack-luster fourth of July celebration.

Other products are seemingly safe but have aspects that make them unknowingly dangerous or can be used in ways that make them dangerous and more likely to cause injury. Products that do not come with proper warnings or instructions may cause injury and lead to viable product defect claims.

Defective Design

Lastly, some products are just bad from the get-go. Designers fail to properly test their products and design defects slip through the cracks or the product gets rushed to production too quickly. Examples of defective designs include motor vehicles that overturn too easily or sunglasses that fail to protect your eyes against damage from the sun.

Contact a Jefferson City, Missouri, Personal Injury Attorney

If you were injured by a defective product, you will need help to an experienced attorney to hold the liable party accountable. Contact one of the Jefferson City, Missouri, Personal Injury Attorneys at the Call & Gentry Law Group today to evaluate your case.

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