Have you purchased a product only to find that the product didn’t work as intended and instead caused you to suffer serious injuries? If so, you should understand that you have rights and are likely entitled to compensation for your damages. When you purchase a product, you reasonably expect the appropriate parties to have taken the necessary steps to ensure it is safe for consumer use. However, when an underlying defect is present, it can turn a harmless product into a dangerous one, even when used appropriately. In such cases, you should seek the guidance of an experienced Prince George’s County Product Liability Lawyer who can help you navigate your legal options and recover the financial compensation you deserve and need to get back on your feet. Please continue reading to learn whether retailers can be liable for selling defective products in Maryland.
What makes a product defective?
As mentioned above, companies and their manufacturers are responsible for the products they create and distribute. When they do not meet specific standards, a product can become defective and harm someone. Essentially, when a product has a flaw that makes it unreasonably dangerous, it is deemed defective. There are three main types of product liability cases:
- Design defects: this occurs when the designer of a product fails to consider user safety.
- Manufacturing defect: this occurs when the manufacturer deviates from the approved design or fails to follow proper protocol.
- Failure to warn: this occurs when consumers are not adequately informed of the potential risk that may arise when a product is used, as it does not have a warning or instructions.
Is it possible for retailers to be liable for selling defective products?
Although you may not realize it, several parties are involved in the chain of distribution of a product. That said, multiple parties may bear liability for injuries and other losses caused by a defective product. Designers, manufacturers, and even sellers are legally obligated to ensure the products they put on the market are safe to use and provide clear directions to prevent injuries.
Even though retailers do not design and manufacture the product, they can be liable for injuries or losses caused by a defective product. This is because when a retailer advertises an item for sale, it’s implied that they have taken the necessary measures to ensure the item is fit for use and will not harm consumers when used correctly. Retailers are responsible for removing the items from their shelves when a product has been recalled. Ultimately, retailers can be held liable for selling defective products.
If you were seriously injured because of a defective product, please don’t hesitate to contact a skilled lawyer from the legal team at Timian & Fawcett, LLC, who can help you fight for the maximum compensation you’re entitled to.