Design Defects May Be Grounds for a Product Liability Lawsuit

Jan 28, 2016 — by Gary Zucker
Tags: Product Liability

A gavel and a wheelThe lawyers of Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C. have helped countless injury victims throughout Brooklyn, holding negligent parties accountable for causing injuries and great harm to others. The legal expertise that the law firm provides has proven invaluable, particularly in product liability lawsuits that hold companies responsible for defective goods.

There are many ways in which a product can be defective and dangerous. We'd like to consider dangers emerging from the design of a product right now.

About Product Liability Lawsuits

Product liability lawsuits are filed in order to hold companies accountable for making products that are harmful and that injure consumers. When a dangerous product is put on the market and cause harm, these kinds of lawsuits allow injury victims and their loved ones to receive just compensation to cover losses while the company itself is punished for their negligent actions.

There are many ways in which a product may fail and cause injury, and one example of this is an issue with product design.

Issues with Product Design

When any sort of product is developed, it's important that it be safe and sound at the level of its design. Inherent flaws in the design of a product can not only make the product ineffective. It can also cause a product to be dangerous.

Examples of Design Defects

One example of a dangerous design defect is a top-heavy vehicle. SUVs in particular have a higher chance of rolling over due to the higher center of gravity of the vehicle. If the design of the vehicle is inherently dangerous and makes the likelihood of an accident more likely, this could be an example of a design defect. Similarly, if there is a flaw in the design of a vehicle that makes passengers more prone to injury in an accident, this is also an example of a design defect.

Another example is if a toy intended for small children has sharp edges or small parts. The sharp edges can cause serious cuts and injuries, which the small parts may pose a serious choking hazard. In each case, the inherent design of the product is dangerous and the makers of the product need to be held accountable for this.

Inherent Danger Outside of Manufacturing and Distribution

In order to prove a design defect, it's important to demonstrate that the reason the product failed is related to the design itself and not the manufacturing of the product or an issue that arose during the shipping or distribution of the product in question. The evidence in the case must be carefully considered to make this determination.

How a Product Liability Attorney Can Help You

The legal process can be very difficult and complicated, which is why having a skilled attorney on your side can be invaluable during a product liability case. Your attorney will handle the complex litigation matters while you and your loved ones can focus on recovery and moving forward. Ultimately, partnering with an attorney means peace of mind, which should not be taken for granted.

Contact Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C.

If you would like to learn more about your legal options following an injury caused by a defective product, it's important that you contact our personal injury law firm today. The lawyers of Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C. will provide expert counsel during your time of legal need.

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