Defective and Dangerous Products

Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed by defective and dangerous products ranging from automobilesdangerous toyshousehold appliancesindustrial equipmentdrugs and medical devicesDeaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Most people assume that everyday consumer goods, ranging from cars to drugs to appliances to toys, tools and other common household products, are carefully tested and approved by the manufacturer and government. But design problemsinsufficient warnings, and manufacturing defects can make ordinarily safe items dangerous and sometimes, deadly. Those injured or killed by defective products may be able to hold the maker responsible under the law. This area of law is commonly referred to as "Product Liability Law" or "Products Liability Law."

Most product defects are discovered well before they cause injury to someone. It is important to report defective products to the government and manufacturer in order to to alert others to the potential dangers posed by the product. For more information on reporting a defective product or filing a formal complaint about a product, see How to File a Consumer Complaint. For more information concerning dangerous or recalled drugs, see our defective drugs information section.

When a manufacturer fails to use the care necessary to provide a product that is reasonably safe, oftentimes the result is life long catastrophic injuries for the unsuspecting user. If you’ve been injured by a defective or dangerous product, filing a lawsuit against the negligent party may not only benefit and protect you, but also force the manufacturer to design a safer product so that others can be spared from suffering similar injuries.

Pursuing litigation against a manufacturer or pharmaceutical company is a long and arduous process. Many of the people who are injured (or who have lost a loved one) as result of a defective drug, product, automobile, toy, or medical device do so because they are driven by a desire to improve, or remove the product from the market, and prevent its use from harming others. Diana Levine, of the infamous Wyeth v. Levine case, is a an example of someone fighitng to protect others from future harm (caused by the way a dangerous drug was administered).

The information in this injury Help Center has been arranged into the following sections:

In each of these articles you will find expert analysis, key strategies, and bottom line advice to help you face the issues surrounding defective products.  By searching InjuryBoard for information on specific products, you may be better-equipped to avoid dangerous and defective products altogether. If you or a loved one has already been hurt by a product that you suspect is dangerous or defective in design, and wish to contact an attorney for assistance, an InjuryBoard attorney will review your inquiry and may be able to assist you with a claim against the manufacturer.

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How to Stay Safe and Avoid Harmful Products

Find out how product-related injuries happen and practical steps you can take to keep your family safe

What to Do When A Product-Related Accident Happens

Learn more about common product injuries and the first things you should do when an accident happens

Legal Issues and Defective and Dangerous Products

Explore the legal process that deals with harmful products and product liability and learn more about your legal rights

Defective and Dangerous Consumer Products

Discover the hidden dangers in common, everyday products and what to do when you've been injured

Defective and Dangerous Automobile Products

Learn how products like airbags, seatbelts, etc. may actually add to your injury and what to do if you've been hurt

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