What are the most common types of product defect claims?
While any product could potentially be defectively designed or manufactured, some products are more likely to be defective and cause harm to others. Some of the most common product defects include children’s toys, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals, auto manufacturers, chemicals or other hazardous materials, and industrial equipment.
Children’s toys and products acquire several defective product lawsuits. A typical case for defective children’s toys lapses design, such as creating products that are easily swallowed by children. Other cases use hazardous paint or potentially dangerous substances on the products itself, which leads to long-term health issues for the children. Even something as innocent as an infant sleeper product could result in significant harm or death if the product is defective.
Medical devices and pharmaceuticals produce thousands of product liability defects such as improper equipment such as defective hip implants to defective drugs such as Viatrexx for lack of sterility assurance, according to the 2019 Drug and Food Administration data.
Auto manufacturers are involved in our daily lives, whether it is commuting on the bus or buckling in your child. There are plenty of cases where there is a fault in design or manufacturing, resulting in deadly consequences for the consumer. From poorly designed SUVs where the top-heavy design subjects the driver to a rollover accident to defective car seats, these cases are severe and sometimes life-threatening.
Chemicals or other hazardous materials could cause severe harm to those who handle them or are exposed to them. A significant lawsuit arose in 1998 against the Owens Corning Corporation because asbestos building materials caused mesothelioma cancer and death for several consumers and workers.
Defective industrial equipment is often cited in injury cases.
The New York attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP have extensive experience handling product defect claims. Whether a product was defectively designed, manufactured, or labeled, our team can help you get justice and fair compensation if you’ve been hurt. Contact us today at (212) 779-0057 or reach out to us online.