Sometimes it’s easy to think that technology has advanced to the point where no everyday product can ever cause harm to someone using it. Products are designed to be safe, and they’re tested for safety and reliability. We like to think that defective and dangerous products don’t reach the point where they can hurt anyone.
But we know this isn’t completely true. Defective airbags have harmed hundreds, killed at least twenty, and resulted in recall and replacement in tens of millions of vehicles. Food products contaminated by bacteria, allergens, or foreign objects are recalled almost daily. And the number of consumer products that are found to have problems requiring a recall is so great that it can be difficult to keep up.
Who is Liable When a Product Causes Harm?
The fact that product recalls happen at all means, on the one hand, that safety watchdogs are on the job but, on the other, that a dangerous product can get all the way into the hands of consumers before problems become known.
Those who design, manufacturer, and sell products do so with the understanding that those products will perform as advertised. They’re also subject to laws and regulations that require those products to be safe. When their products cause harm, the manufacturer is liable for any damage or injury caused.
There may be other parties involved, too: For instance, if a product was designed by one company but built by another, or if parts from many manufacturers were used in the final product. Under Michigan law, sometimes even the seller of a product might be at fault, especially if they already knew that a product was dangerous or defective, or if they altered it in some way or withheld important safety or other information from the purchaser.
Settlements, Damage Awards, and Limitations
Manufacturers don’t set out to cause harm to their customers, and most will do the right thing once a problem with a product has been discovered. They’ll take it off the market, replace defective items, or pay replacement costs. Legal action may not be necessary. But when the harm is severe or a company or individual tries to cover up a problem, a defective product lawsuit might be the best option.
Plaintiffs suing for damages can hope to recover any actual costs of property damage and injury-related costs. They can also request non-economic damages (which are currently capped by Michigan law at $812,500 unless negligence is proven).
Detroit Defective Product Lawyer
There are many ways that a defective product can cause harm, and the number of people affected is extensive. To mention just a couple of examples, nearly a quarter of a million children are harmed each year by defective toys, while more than 30,000 people are seriously injured each year because of furniture and televisions tipping over.
If you’ve become one of the many people injured by a defective or dangerous product, get in touch with a Detroit product liability lawyer with the experience you need. The attorneys at Christensen Law have helped hundreds of clients with their cases, and when you call us at 248-213-4900 or contact us online through the form below, we’ll schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case and how we might be able to help you.