Product Liability and Manufacturing Problems

September 25, 2017 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD
Tags: Product Liability Personal Injury Wrongful Death

Mechanical partsDefective equipment can be the cause of minor to severe personal injury. In such cases, you have the right to open a case against the maker of that product to seek compensation for your injuries. Determining the root cause of the defect is key to your case. Our lawyers at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton in Salt Lake City, UT will determine whether the product was defective due to manufacturing, design, or inaccurate labeling.

When making a claim against a manufacturer, it’s important that you have a defective equipment injury attorney skilled in the laws and regulations regarding product safety. Below are some common examples of product liability and manufacturing problems and how to begin the process of seeking financial compensation.

What Is a Manufacturing Defect?

A manufacturing defect is a product that is deemed unsafe based on the way it was constructed during the assembly process. This is often the result of poor quality materials or careless workmanship. To determine whether the product is defective based on manufacturing, it is imperative that you have the original product in hand, along with the instructions.

Your lawyer will need to determine that the injury did not happen from negligence on your part and that the product differs from others on the shelf. Showing that the product could have been functional had the correct safety regulations and materials been used during the process are key a successful product liability case.

One way to determine whether the product is defective based on manufacturing or design is to ask whether the injury or problem would have occurred had the product been correctly assembled. When a product is defective based on its design, the problem is widespread and will remain no matter how well-assembled it is.

Common Examples of Manufacturing Problems

Some common examples of manufacturing problems include:

  • Malfunctioning brakes that caused an auto accident
  • Broken frame in a bicycle that caused an accident
  • Improperly sized chains in a swing set that caused an injury
  • Faulty clasp for a child’s car seat that failed to keep the child in place

How Product Liability Is Determined

The first step involves meeting with one of our lawyers. At your consultation, if possible, bring the product along with the original packaging and instructions. If the injury was the result of a much larger product, provide any pictures. Next, we will begin testing the product and others like it to determine if there were problems with the manufacturing process.

We will also begin researching other products made at the same time to determine if other injuries occurred or if this was an isolated incident. Be prepared to answer questions in detail and provide contact information of anyone that witnessed the accident. We work with the best in the industry to assist us with the investigation.

Contact Us

If you have a defective product that has caused injury or damage to your home, the manufacturer should be held under strict liability to correct the issue. The lawyers at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton have 50 years combined experience in handling product liability cases and can provide the necessary legal advice. We work diligently with experts in the field to investigate the issue. Contact our office today online or call (800) 898-4878 to schedule your complimentary consultation. No attorney fees are collected until compensation is awarded.