Every year, countless Americans are dismembered, crippled, and killed in automobile collisions and mishaps. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one person out of every three can expect to be injured at some point in a car accident. Throughout the world, the NHTSA reports that 50 million people are injured in traffic accidents each year. Many of these accidents, though preventable, are attributed to defective automobile design and manufacturing defects, and failure on part of the manufacturer to provide a crash-worthy vehicle, or provide warning of a faulty part.
Construction sites alone are dangerous, but the addition of defective equipment makes sites even more hazardous, drastically increasing the possibility for accidents. Construction materials and products can fail for numerous reasons, many of which are attributed to negligent manufacturing or design.
Every day thousands of consumers are killed or maimed by dangerous products that are abundant in our society. Product liability law mandates that companies take responsibility for dangerous or defective products. Manufacturers are responsible to ensure their products meet safety requirements long before consumers purchase their items. A drive to increase profit margins has caused some manufacturers to overlook safety requirements in a rush to make a killing on the sales floor. Unfortunately, design defects, manufacturing errors and inadequate product warning labels can lead to catastrophic and even life-threatening personal injury accidents.
If you have been injured or suffered other damages because of a product you used, you may have a defective product liability claim. Though the range of defective product cases is broad, the claims typically fall into three categories of product liability
When an employee is injured on the job, it is common to assume that the employer is at fault; however, when a worker is injured due to defective machinery or malfunctioning products, the manufacturer of the equipment is liable. Although the injured party may be able to receive worker’s compensation for their injuries from the employer, the legal case will be against a third party, the manufacturer of the equipment, and not the employer. Employees are often not aware that they may be entitled to sue the person or company who is responsible for manufacturing, distributing, selling, or providing a dangerous or defective machine that caused, or contributed to causing, their injuries.
Every year in the United States the World Health Organization estimates that there are 76 million cases of foodborne illness (food poisoning), and of those, 325,000 people are are hospitalized and 5,000 people die each year. With the increasing globalization of food production and distribution, Foodborne diseases that were once limited to a small area may now occur on a global-wide scale.