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What is product liability?

If you have ever been injured by an item you bought before, or lost property to such an item, then you may be forced to take someone to court for damages. In that case, the term “product liability” may arise. But just what does this term mean?

Sam Houston State University reports that product liability can be defined as the “physical harm or property damage” that is caused by certain goods, where the liability falls on the manufacturer, the seller or the lessor. This means that the aforementioned groups of people are the ones who will shoulder the blame if something has gone wrong with your product, resulting in injury or the loss of something else that you own.

The damage must also be due to some form of negligence on the part of the manufacturer, seller or so on. This means the aforementioned groups did not exercise the appropriate amount of care in the following categories:

  •          Product design, material selection and production methods
  •          Testing and assembly of product
  •          Placement of warnings that are adequate

For example, if you are injured because you were burned by a cleaning product that had no skin hazard warnings, the manufacturer of that product could be considered liable for your injury.

It is also important to note that you do not need to have a direct relationship with, or a business deal with, the company in question. In order for you to have a potential products liability case, you only need to fulfill the requirements mentioned.

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