Although it would be nice to trust that the products we buy and regularly use are safe and have been appropriately tested by manufacturers, this is unfortunately not always the case. In fact, it’s not uncommon that defective products make it to market and end up injuring a lot of people before the public is warned about the dangers of these products and the products are pulled from the market.
While such news may be distressing, it’s important that people realize that they have rights and legal recourse – specifically with product liability cases – when they or their loved ones are hurt by defective products. In this three-part blog, we discuss some of the most important facts to know when it comes to defective products and product liability cases.
If you believe that you or a loved one was hurt by any defective product, you are encouraged to learn more about your rights and receive professional advice regarding your claim by contacting a Denver product liability lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm today.
What You Need to Know about Defective Products & Product Liability…
Fact 1 – Defective products cause more than 11 million people to be hospitalized each year in the U.S.
As the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reports, upwards of 11.5 million people in the U.S. need emergency medical care every year after being hurt by defective products. What may be even more mind-blowing than this are the facts that:
- While about 44 percent of the consumer products sold in the U.S. are imported from other countries (i.e., are not made in the U.S.), these imported products reportedly account for approximately 3 out of every 4 CPSC product recalls.
- Defective products cost, on average, $800 billion (in medical bills, recalls, lost productivity, etc.) each year in the U.S.
This boils down to the fact that defective products are a serious problem that, in the worst cases, can result in fatal injuries to consumers.
Fact 2 – Children’s products and household products are among the most common products reported to be defective.
Any number of different types of products can be found to be defective because, for instance:
- They are made from flimsy or nondurable components.
- They have an inherently flawed design.
Tragically, however, the most commonly reported defective products (as noted by the CPSC) are typically:
- Children’s products, including (but not limited to) cribs, strollers, car seats, bassinets, etc.
- Household products, including (but not limited to) ovens/stoves, heating/cooling units, household appliances, electronics equipment, etc.
Be sure to look for the upcoming second and third installments of this blog for some more important facts and information regarding defective products and product liability cases.
Contact a Denver Product Liability Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a defective or dangerous product, contact a Denver product liability lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm by calling us at 303-499-0449 or emailing us using the form at the side of the screen.