Dangerous goods? Missouri law protects victims of unsafe products

By March 1, 2016Product Liability

When we purchase an item, it comes with an unspoken promise. Whether we are buying a car, a tire, a stove or even a medical product, we trust that what the manufacturer has made for us is safe. Yet defects in the manufacturing process can result in dangerous goods that jeopardize the health and safety of consumers.

Shortcuts in manufacturing are often made for calculated business reasons, such as minimizing production costs. But manufacturers are responsible for making sure that dangerous shortcuts than can produce higher profits do not come at the expense of consumer safety. No one should lose a limb or their life because of negligent manufacturing. What recourse is there when such a tragedy happens to consumers?

Holding manufacturers accountable for defective goods

People who have suffered a serious injury or lost a family member because of a dangerous product have options for holding manufacturers accountable. If the injury or death of an individual was related to a design or manufacturing defect, a personal injury lawsuit is a legal remedy to pursue just compensation from those responsible. Litigation can also help take dangerous products off the market so no one else gets hurt.

Recalls are not enough to shield manufacturers from liability

When a manufacturer has reason to know that their product is unsafe, they may initiate a recall of the product to warn consumers. Yet recall efforts are often modest, even in the age of social media, and a Consumer Product Safety Commission report found that many consumers are not aware of or do not take advantage of product recalls.

A recall does not reduce a manufacturer’s liability for the defective product. Consumers who are injured by a recalled product still have the legal right to recover damages.

In Missouri, victims of defective products have limited time from the date of injury to pursue a claim against the manufacturer.

If you were seriously injured or had a family member die due to a defective product, you should consult with an experienced products liability lawyer to review your legal options as soon as possible.

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