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Compensation Claims for Defective Products: What Victims Need to Know

By Edited Apr 27, 2014 0 0

As consumers, we use various products every single day. These products help, feed, and entertain us. We expect these merchandise to perform the way it was specified and to be at its best condition. We also expect these items to be safe; unfortunately, some of these products can injure us or they may induce side effects that can lead to chronic problems.

Dangerous and defective goods, which have been released into the market, cause thousands of injuries and a number of fatalities every year in the country. The products involved may vary, such as consumer goods and children's toys. Thankfully, there are state laws created to protect consumers, like us, from these defective products. If you want to learn more about claiming compensation for the damages and injuries brought about by defective goods, read on.

What Are Defective Products?

A product is any goods, food sources, or component parts. The definition for products is so wide, and it covers almost anything we use. However, defective products are those that are not safe to use and performs below its expected performance. This does not only mean the goods' physical problems which can cause injury, but it also covers any damage caused due to the erroneous or inaccurate instructions on its manual or label.

The most common merchandise that get involved in defective merchandise compensation cases are:

  • Children's toys and seats
  • Hair removal treatment
  • Sofas
  • Cosmetics
  • Pharmaceutical medication and drugs

A product is deemed defective when it fails to meet the standards set by the industry. When proving that the merchandise is defective, there are certain factors that need to be taken into consideration. These factors must be thoroughly considered to make a successful claim:

  • The method with which the merchandise was marketed and advertised
  • The time the product was supplied and delivered.
  • The instructions listed with the merchandise and the warnings that came with it

What Is Product Liability?

There is a state law that protects consumers from the risk of injuries and illness due to defective products, be it from electronic equipments, machinery, food source, or any products. This law protects consumers from any goods that can cause the consumer injury even when it was used as instructed. This law is known as the Consumer Protection Act.

The damages and injuries taken into consideration for compensation include:

  • Personal injury
  • Death
  • Property damages that amount to more than £275
  • The victims and their injury lawyers must prove that on the balance of probabilities it was the damaged and defective product that caused the injuries and property damages

These are the basic things that victims of defective and dangerous merchandise  need to know. The victims who suffered injuries or those who incurred property damages due to dangerous merchandise must seek compensation with the help of a reliable injury lawyer.



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