Consumer products are recalled nearly every week. This means that consumers are often put at risk of harm, many times without even knowing it. This is wholly unacceptable. The first way for Minnesotans to protect themselves from these dangerous products is to be aware of which products are being recalled and why.
Our last post on the blog discussed strict liability and how it shapes your products liability claim. This area of the law is very specialized and can be difficult to understand. Sure, strict liability itself may only have the three elements discussed last week, but each of those elements in and of themselves can bring up a whole host of legal issues.
If an individual has suffered a consumer injury caused by a product that the person purchased, then the person may be able to file a legal claim and, potentially, recover compensation for the individual's injuries. However, before moving forward with a products liability lawsuit, it is important to understand how the law operates so that a victim can make legal decisions that work best for the person.
Many Minnesotans may fail to realize that the medical field is inundated with products. Though we often think of doctors providing us with a service, the fact of the matter is that doctors prescribe medicine, implant artificial body parts, and use a wide variety of equipment. When these products are defective or improperly designed, then patients like you can be at risk of serious injury.
In our everyday lives, we all purchase and consumer a wide array of products. Thanks to governmental and agency regulations, Minnesotans buy these products with confidence, trusting, almost without thought, that they are safe for their intended use. Sadly, though, far too often companies make, market and distribute products that pose a significant threat of harm to consumers.
There's a large amount of trust placed in manufacturers and sellers that the products they provide will be safe for people in Hennepin. However, because the product is available on the market doesn't automatically mean that testing has been done to ensure that it is safe and won't cause consumer injury. It's important for consumers to understand that there might be an issue with any number of products that makes them dangerous.
There's an inherent trust that people in Hennepin put into the companies that provide them with various products that they might use on an everyday basis. These products can be for enjoyment, for work, for their health, for appearance, for their children or for a variety of other reasons. When there is a manufacturing defect or some other problem that results in consumer injury, the individual who was harmed needs to understand what to do next. In many instances, that includes considering litigation.
A holiday tradition for many is to give festive foods to friends, colleagues and relatives. One of the last things people in Minnesota and across the country are thinking when they purchase food products is that there will be danger of the recipients getting sick due to the food being tainted in some way. When this does happen, it can result in serious injury and even death that turns an innocuous, innocent product into something that will be remembered as a tragedy.
The flood of automotive recalls for vehicles manufactured by numerous companies for a variety of reasons has shaken consumers all over the world. Minnesota is not immune to having issues linked to faulty car parts or poorly designed vehicles. Given the number of people who have been hurt or killed as a result of these products and a design defect, it's important that everyone remain vigilant at the risks they're taking and the dangers to others when they head out on the road.
One of the most inherent acts of trust the people of Minnesota and across the country indulge in has to do with food. There is a belief that food manufacturers, purveyors and sellers will provide a safe product and there won't be a risk of consumer injury simply by eating certain items. There are, however, instances in which food products are found to be dangerous and have to be pulled from the shelves. Sometimes it is because there has been consumer injury or illness due to a product. At other times, there is simply a risk of some sort of problem and people, as of yet, have not been harmed. Regardless, it's important to be vigilant when it comes to food and possible recalls.