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.
Parents in Minnesota do everything they can to protect their children. They childproof their home, keep dangerous substances out of reach and make sure the child uses a car seat while on the road. Unfortunately, parents cannot protect their children from the potential harm caused by children's toys or products, particularly when these products are defective.
Car owners in Hennepin, across the state, country and even around the world have been affected by the continuous problems certain car makes and models have experienced due to errors in production. A manufacturing defect can have major implications and cause serious injury or death. Most people want to trust that when they buy a vehicle, it will be safe. When there is a mistake in the manner the designed vehicles were built, the company should be expected to take action. That, however, doesn't always happen.
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.
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.
Prescription medications are a very big business. Big pharmaceutical companies make huge profits on the medications they sell to Minnesota residents and their physicians. These medications can save lives and improve the quality of life for chronically ill patients. But sometimes an unsafe drug can cause serious injury or even death.
Products liability law is intended to help keep consumers safe from defective and dangerous products. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released recall warning information the government agency declared was urgent, also noting that fixing the recalled products was "essential to personal safety." The recalled products include defective airbags in 7.78 million potentially impacted vehicles. The airbags pose an urgent threat to front seat passengers, according to the NHTSA.
Automobile recalls are affecting people in Hennepin County and all over the world. So many people rely on their vehicles and place their trust in various motor car companies that the last thing they expect to happen is for a manufacturing defect or design defect to place their lives and the lives of their loved ones in jeopardy. But it's becoming a daily routine that there are new recalls due to mistakes made because of poorly designed vehicles.
When pursuing a product liability lawsuit in Minnesota and nationwide, one of the primary questions that must be answered is what type of defect did the product possess. There are three basic types of product defects.