A new product being introduced in the marketplace can create a buzz. However, manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that their products are also safe. Under New York law, distributors, retailers and wholesalers alike can be held liable for the injuries caused by a defective product. Our attorneys litigate cases involving a variety of defective products, including those having defective designs or improper warning labels.
From cotton swabs, to flammable clothing, to tree stump grinders, manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safe and instructions are made clear on the proper operation. Because of the complexity involved defective products cases, it is critical to have attorneys experienced with proving liability.
What is products liability law?
The law holds people or parties involved in the chain of manufacturing and distribution of any product responsible for any injuries or damages caused by that product. Aside from the actual manufacturer, other responsible parties may include distributors, retailers, repairers, assemblers, component suppliers and testing laboratories. Products liability claims can be based on negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty and various consumer protection claims. No matter where an injury has occurred, it must be proven that the product is defective in order to win a products liability case. Often times proving liability can be difficult which is why it’s important to choose an experienced product defect attorney to handle your case. There are three types of product defects that may render manufacturers and suppliers responsible:
- Design Defects (a flaw in the intended design of a product that causes it to be unreasonably dangerous)
- Manufacturing Defects (when the product does not conform to the specifications of the designer or manufacturer)
- Marketing Defects (improper product labels, insufficient instructions, or the failure to warn about a products hidden dangers)