Before understanding the intricacies of product liability law as it affects Michigan residents, it is important to recognize that these types of injuries are quite common. In many cases, an injury caused by a product defect or other issue can be extremely serious. Responsible companies can often be held liable even if minor defects contributed to an accident.
The statistics around product liability can vary. In 2016, for instance, there were around 240,000 emergency room visits linked to toy product injuries. Each year, there is an average of 23,900 deaths and over 32.7 million injuries associated with consumer products under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Children under five are most likely to require emergency room treatment and senior citizens are most likely to die because of product-related injuries.
There is the potential for a large financial payout when a fault is present. The median award for product liability cases in 2017 was $1.5 million, and the average award was $5.1 million, according to the Insurance Information Institute. The highest median award in product liability cases in 2017 was for medical products cases at around $4 million.
If you have been injured by a defective product, the lawyers at Bashore Green can help you navigate through this complicated area of the law. Product liability law provides for compensation for physical injuries and property damage resulting from defective and unreasonably dangerous products. It also can provide for compensation to the injured party based on the failure of a manufacturer or seller to properly warn the consumer of product dangers.
The state of Michigan has specific laws for product liability that differ from other states. The attorneys at Bashore Green can help guide your case to a point at which strategic decisions can be made.
There are three major types of product defects, though there are varying standards for defectiveness depending on the product as well as the jurisdiction. These are:
- Manufacturing/Production Defects: Products that were manufactured improperly or not up to standard, despite being designed with all due care.
- Design Defects: Products that were designed in such a way that they contain/present a foreseeable risk of harm, which could have been eliminated or minimized by using a different design.
- Defective Warnings/Instructions: Products that are defective because a foreseeable risk of harm is created through a lack of adequate warnings or instructions.
If you or your loved one has been injured by a defective product, contact the Michigan lawyers at Bashore Green to protect your rights. We will meet with you for a free, no-risk consultation to determine the best strategy for moving forward.