As consumers, we have an expectation that the products we buy are safe and will work properly. But every year roughly 38 million people seek medical attention for injures related to a consumer product.
People are injured or killed by defects in the design or manufacturing of cars, electrical appliances, medical devices, nursery products, children’s toys, tools, industrial equipment, and a host of other products. If you were injured by a product, you are probably wondering if the product was defective.
A “defective product” has either a design or manufacturing defect, or is faulty because of inadequate instructions or warnings provided with the product. The three ways in which a product can be found defective are:
- Design Defect: The product design is inherently unsafe.
- Manufacturing Defect: The product’s injury-causing flaw occurred during manufacturing or assembly.
- Marketing Defect: The product was improperly labeled, or there were incomplete or inaccurate instructions provided, or safety warnings failed to warn consumers of latent dangers in the product.
Injuries caused by defective products may give rise to a products liability action. Nebraska product liability laws are meant to protect the public and to hold responsible parties accountable for putting a product on the market that they knew or should have known posed a risk to the public. In Nebraska, the manufacturer, designer, retailer, or distributor of a defective product may be held liable.
Report Faulty Products
We encourage anyone injured by a faulty product, or who has a loved one injured to report it immediately. Most product reports can be made online to the Consumer Product Safety Commission here.
For automobile defects, they can be reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration here.
By making a report, you will alert regulators to unsafe products or cars. Your report can SAVE LIVES. You may not have suffered a serious injury, but by reporting the defect you could prevent someone else from being injured or killed by that very same defect.
If you have been injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other related expenses, lost wages, and other damages. If a loved one died as a result of a defective product, the surviving family members may be entitled to damages for wrongful death.
To learn more about your rights after being injured by a defective product, contact the attorneys of Miller Lathrop. We are highly experienced, skilled, and compassionate advocates for our clients. We’re dedicated to making a difference in the life of each person we represent. Combined our attorneys of Miller Lathrop have more than 50-years of successful personal injury advocacy that is demonstrated by numerous testimonials.
Miller Lathrop serves clients throughout Eastern Nebraska and parts of Western Iowa including Douglas County, Sarpy County, Lancaster County, and Pottawattamie County, as well as the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Elkhorn, and Council Bluffs.