Manufacturers have a legal obligation to ensure their products are thoroughly tested for safety. If the safety risks cannot be eliminated, the product should feature a prominent warning label cautioning consumers of the potential hazards and how to avoid them. When manufacturers are negligent, which means failing to take reasonable measures to prevent accidents, they can be held liable for resulting consumer deaths and injuries. Deaths and injuries can be caused by manufacturing defects, design defects, failure to use warning labels, failure to perform safety testing, and other negligent acts. This is known as “product liability.”
If you were injured after using a defective product, you may have a right to compensation for the resulting medical bills, income losses, pain and suffering, and other hardships. Utah defective product lawyer Jay Sheen has over 33 years of experience helping hurt consumers fight to receive fair compensation. Jay represents clients throughout Salt Lake County and the surrounding counties. To set up a free and confidential consultation with Jay, call the law offices of Overson & Sheen at (801) 618-3580 today.
Types of Product Liability Cases Our Utah Injury Lawyers Handle
Almost any type of consumer product you can imagine has the potential to inflict injury if the product is flawed or defective. Types of consumer goods which often give rise to product liability lawsuits include:
- Airbags and Car Components – Takata airbags, which can explode and spray vehicle occupants with shrapnel, have received extensive media coverage in recent years. However, Takata airbags are not the only car parts which can fail catastrophically. Brake systems, locks, ignition switches, seatbelts, car seats, floor mats, windshields, and tires can all suffer from hidden flaws. Some vehicles, like 15-passenger vans, have inherent design flaws that make them susceptible to accidents.
- Child and Baby Products – Games and toys for babies and children are often made using cheap plastic parts that can easily crack or fall off, creating a laceration hazard or choking hazard.
- Electronics and Batteries – Wiring flaws and electrical defects can lead to short-circuiting and overheating, starting fires and causing serious electric shocks or burn injuries. For example, there have been several dozen confirmed cases of consumers sustaining severe burns after e-cigarette (“vape”) batteries overheated and exploded.
- Medical Implants – Medical devices like hip replacements, knee replacements, pacemakers, transvaginal mesh implants, and IVC filters (inferior vena cava filters) can malfunction, causing serious medical complications. For example, defective hip implants can pass metal splinters into the surrounding tissue.
- Prescription Drugs – In the race to get products onto the market ahead of their competitors, pharmaceutical companies sometimes neglect testing procedures, or even suppress information about adverse effects. To quote the World Health Organization, “Companies currently spend one-third of all sales revenue on marketing their products – roughly twice what they spend on research and development.” Examples of dangerous prescription medications with serious health risks include:
- Yaz/Yasmin Birth Control
Were You or Your Child Injured After Using a Recalled or Defective Consumer Product?
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was created in 1972. Its purpose is to conduct research, shape public policy, create safety standards, and advise consumers of hazardous and recalled products. The CPSC regularly updates its website with the latest consumer product recalls. Have you recently purchased any of the following defective and recalled products?
- Anchor Industries Safety Pool Covers – The cover can separate from the walls of the pool, creating a drowning hazard.
- Apple World Travel AC Adapter Kits and Plug Adapters – The adapters can break apart and expose the electrical components inside, creating a shock hazard. This defect affects adapters for Brazil, Korea, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, and European countries.
- Eurotech Lume Office Chairs – The seat components can separate, causing the seated person to fall.
- Fiskars® 32-Inch Bypass Lopper Shears – The grips can break suddenly during use, creating a major laceration hazard.
- GE High-Intensity LED Lamps – The bulb can fall out of the base, striking anyone standing below.
- IKEA Gothem Floor Lamps – Cord damage resulting from manufacturing errors creates a risk of electric shock.
- J. Crew Girls’ Crewcuts Puffer Coats – Buttons on the coat can fall off, creating a choking hazard for children.
- Liberty Hardware Decorative Metal Wall Plates – Defects can cause the outlet to short-circuit, which can lead to fires and/or electrical shocks.
- Panasonic Lithium-Ion Computer Battery Packs – Manufacturing errors allowed contaminants to enter the battery packs, creating a fire hazard.
- Top Fin™ Power Filters for Aquariums – Electrical components in the pump can malfunction and electrify the water, creating a serious shock risk.
- Viessmann Gas Boilers – The boilers can leak deadly carbon monoxide into the owner’s home.
Trust a Salt Lake City Defective Product Lawyer
If you or your child was injured after using these or other products as directed, you may have a claim against the manufacturer, retailer, or other negligent parties. Call Salt Lake product liability lawyer Jay Sheen at (801) 618-3580 to set up a free legal consultation today.