Sometimes accident victims ask our Raleigh defective product attorneys if the product that caused their injuries can really be categorized as a defective product. What if there is nothing wrong with the product, but it caused injuries because of the way it was used and there was no warning to alert you otherwise? What if you were hurt because of the product, but you weren't using it?
You don't need to be the person using the product to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. For example, you could have had a friend or relative staying in your home using their own blow dryer. The blow dryer starts a fire and your home is damaged and in need of repair. You learn that the hair dryer was recalled due to faulty wiring. You were not using the product, but you may be entitled to compensation for the damages the fire caused to your home, and the person using the blow dryer may be entitled to an award should they have suffered injuries.
What makes a product defective? Products can be defective for a number of reasons. Defective products have one or more of these features:
- Inadequate warnings
- Faulty design
- Dangerous materials
Manufacturers are responsible for providing sufficient warnings regarding the use of their products. The famous case of a fast food company being sued because a patron purchased hot coffee and burned herself resulted in the chain adding a warning for their hot beverages on the product itself. Faulty designs have caused defective product injuries such as choking and suffocation in infants, like the Nap Nanny product recall.
Find a defective product attorney in Raleigh to evaluate your case for free. Our lawyers will help you understand how injury laws apply to your particular situation.