Product Accountability. Every day, we hear this word, but what exactly does it mean? Drug Liability is a growing problem in this world-driven marketplace, from the lead paint found poisoning our children’s toys, to the large judgments Personal Injury Lawyers are winning against Big Tobacco firms for causing thousands to die of lung disease.You can learn more at Malloy Law Offices, LLC – Baltimore Product Liability Attorney.
Thousands are injured or die each year from defective goods made both here and abroad, or from the long-term effects of products proven to cause health issues. In the case of death or injuries, a Product Liability Attorney must be employed. Drug firms, which now sell mega-million dollar promotional campaigns to the masses, apply lengthy lists to their products with possible side effects and potential health risks. The lists are often longer than the copy of the ad itself. About why? They have warned you. Alert because they know bad things could happen to you despite the good their product can do. They protect their legal bases and attempt to defend themselves from litigation.
In general, lawsuits for product liability are based on one of three issues: negligence, breach of contract or strict liability. The word ‘product liability’ applies to the liability of the suppliers and of any or all of the parties to the supply chain for harm incurred by the product they produce. This description is broad in nature, but manufacturers’ actual liability will scroll down to the smallest detail of a product that causes it to be hazardous. Generally, product liability lawsuits are based on three concepts:
– a design flaw.
– a flaw in the process of development.
– failure to warn of hazard potential.
These principles presume that the producer has carefully evaluated the possible and foreseeable hazards inherent in the nature of his product. Thus most product liability cases are not based on negligence, but on a ‘strict liability’ principle. Strict liability theory asserts that whether or not he/she behaved negligently, a producer may be held liable because it presupposes that the well-off manufacturer is in a stronger position than the victim to bear the costs of liability and the manufacturer constructs the expense of such liability into the price of his product. In 1963, when it stopped requiring claimants to show negligence and provided for product liability coverage by strict liability, California was the first state to assert this principle. The doctrine of strict liability is rarely applicable to all but production defects. Poor designs or failure to advise are seldom included. If you suspect you have been the target of product liability, an experienced Product Liability Attorney will untangle these problems for you.