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    5 Commonly Defective Products

    Know the Signs of a Defect to Protect Yourself From Injury

    We’ve all had the experience of making a purchase and then finding out that it doesn’t work. Maybe it was poorly made. Maybe it just didn’t do what we hoped it would. It’s a disappointment, and it represents a waste of money if you’re not able to return it, but in the big picture, you didn’t suffer as a result of using it. Contrast that to the issue of defective products that cause injury. From a legal perspective, when using a product results in some kind of physical harm, it is an issue of product liability, and the person who has suffered can hold the manufacturer, designer, and others involved in bringing the product to market responsible for any damages that they have suffered. These damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Though the majority of products that we purchase and use work well and are safe, if you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product the personal injury attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr LLC can help.

    There are certain types of products that are most commonly involved in product liability cases. Five of the most commonly defective products include:

    • Toys – There have been numerous instances of toys having small parts that break off or that are themselves too small and represent a choking hazard. These defects have resulted in deaths and in tens of thousands of injuries requiring emergency medical care. Toys are sold in an age-specific way, and when they are inappropriate for young children they require a clear warning.
    • Household Appliances – Electrical appliances that are used in a household frequently have faulty wiring that results in burns from fire and electric shock. The appliances that are most frequently defective include toasters, toaster ovens, and hair dryers.
    • Medication – Prescription medications are required to undergo rigorous testing to ensure that they are safe. When drug manufacturers fail to adequately test a drug or ignore dangerous side effects or fail to provide appropriate warning, serious side effects and even death can occur.
    • Household Items that Break – We trust that an item is fit for the use that it is designed for, but when it breaks during use it can cause injury. Imagine a child’s changing table that collapses when a baby is placed on it, or a chair that collapses when a person sit in it.
    • Automobiles – We rely on automobiles and other vehicles for our transportation needs, and auto manufacturers and those that provide them with parts need to ensure that they meet all safety requirements. Unsafe auto parts have resulted in death and serious injury.

    At the law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr LLC, we are dedicated to making sure that our clients get the reimbursement and justice that they need and deserve when a defective product causes them harm. Call us today to learn more about how we can help.

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