Product liability cases may not be the most common type of personal injury claim, but they are still an important sect of this area of law. If you are injured by a faulty product, you can be facing just as much damage as someone who has been involved in a car wreck, who has been bitten by a dog, or who has had a slip or fall in a public place. Nevertheless, there are a lot of myths regarding product liability cases, and these can get in the way of some people actually filing a claim. Take a look at some of the most common myths about personal injuries caused by faulty products.
Myth: You can't sue at all if there was a warning on the package.
Product manufacturers are required by law to place certain types of warnings on the packages of products they create. These are meant to be general warnings, and there are situations in which it can make a product liability case more difficult. For example, if there was a specific warning about not shining the light into your eyes on a flashlight and you did so and caused damage to your eyes, this would make a liability case extremely difficult. However, if the light burned your skin because it was shining on your skin and there was no warning about this on the package, this could be grounds for a lawsuit.
Myth: Most product liability claims fail in court.
Product liability claims are actually usually successful. There is a common belief that any time you go against a larger company, it is hard to win a claim. However, product manufacturers are no larger than insurance companies most of the time, and there are successful personal injury claims against insurance companies on a regular basis.
Myth: You cannot claim a personal injury if you have altered the product.
It is not always the brand-new product that causes an injury. In fact, it is often a product that a consumer has had for a while that causes them some type of injury due to a fault in the product. As consumers, people frequently do things to products to change how it looks or works, and this does not always mean that you will not have a case in court. Talk to an attorney about what happened before dismissing the possibility that you have the right to file a claim.
For more information about personal injury law, contact a law firm like Wolfe Jones Wolfe Hancock Daniel & South LLC.Share