Product liability law is one of the most misunderstood areas of the legal system. Product liability tort is extremely complicated, and is often misrepresented by the companies. You see, if you are someone who manufactures a product, you don’t want people to sue you. As such, you will do everything you can to discourage them. Have you ever wondered about those labels on products giving you all kinds of warnings that you don’t need. For example, cups of coffee that tell you that hot coffee can burn you, refrigerators that tell you that there is a danger from falling, and other such silly labels? All of these warnings are part of product liability protection. The idea is that, if you are warned about a potential danger from a product, you won’t be able to sue. In reality, however, if you are injured by a defective product, you still are likely to have legal rights.
I have seen product liability from both sides, so I really understand how the industry looks at it. A lot of the time, the courts take liability for products too far. People sue for injuries resulting from their own negligence and often take home millions of dollars that they don’t deserve, money that cuts into corporate profits. It is understandable why they want to keep product liability to a minimum. On the other hand, when someone is unjustly injured because of defective workmanship, almost everyone would agree that they deserve some form of compensation. Cars manufactured with defective brakes, furnaces with dangerous leaks, and other of defective products have injured or killed thousands. Those that survive and their families certainly deserve some type of recompense.
Of course, there are many different kinds of product liabilities. Sometimes, it is a matter of defective workmanship. These cases are pretty simple and straightforward. Something breaks that shouldn’t, and someone gets hurt. At other times, however, product liability is not so clear. If people are using a product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling, there’s a question as to whether or not the company is responsible if they get hurt. If you are hurt by a defective product and feel that it may have been unjust, it never hurts to check out your legal rights. After all, you might be entitled to a settlement. It would be a shame to let that settlement go if it is rightfully yours, particularly if you have been seriously injured and need the money.