Product Liability Lawsuits Involving Inadequate Warning Labels

September 10, 2017 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD
Tags: Product Liability Personal Injury Wrongful Death

The bar code of a defective productWhen you mention “dangerous products” to most people, chances are that they will think of products that are defective in their design or manufacture. However, products can also be considered defective if they are made publicly available without adequate warnings or instructions that would make clear known potential hazards associated with their use. This can be a particular problem with products that have a wide range of potential hazards that are not necessarily foreseeable, such as defective electronic devices or defective equipment.

If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured by a product that did not feature an adequate warning label, or if you have tragically lost a family member due to the use of such a product, you need aggressive legal representation from lawyers unafraid to stand up to even the nation’s largest manufacturers.

The personal injury attorneys of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton have extensive experience and a long history of success in handling cases involving product liability and inadequate warning labels in the Salt Lake City, UT region. Our lawyers can provide you with precisely the legal representation you need to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our personal injury law firm to arrange for an evaluation of your product liability case today.

The Obligation of the Manufacturer

Whether you are an individual using a consumer product or a worker using a piece of heavy industrial equipment, you have the right to be informed of any known and foreseeable risks of harm associated with the use of that product for its intended purposes. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to:

  • Create a warning label that alerts the user of any foreseeable and known dangers that could be present in the product.
  • Create instructions that inform the user how to avoid these dangers through the safest possible use of the product.

If such a warning label and set of instructions are not included with the product, or are not included in such a way that the user could reasonably be expected to read them, then the manufacturer (or, if applicable, seller or other distributor) could be held liable for any injuries or deaths that result from use of the unsafe product.

It should be noted that warning labels are not required to be included with every product, although most manufacturers will err on the side of caution. Consumers are expected to employ some common sense in using products, as well. Warning labels are generally required whenever:

  • A product is potentially hazardous when used for its intended purpose;
  • The manufacturer is aware that the product is potentially hazardous;
  • Any potential hazards associated with the use of the product for its intended purpose are not obvious to users

Arrange for an Evaluation of Your Product Liability Case

To arrange for an evaluation of your product liability case, please contact the law firm of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton today.