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The most common types of defective products

You use dozens of products every day, most of which perform their functions properly. However, sometimes they cause you injury due to defective design, manufacturing or marketing (labeling and instructions). 

While anything has the potential to be harmful, some products are riskier than others. The product types that are most likely to be dangerous tend to be medical devices, pharmaceutical drugs and motor vehicles.

Medical devices

Medical technology is amazing in what it does to help and heal the human body. Unfortunately, the fast-paced growth has also led to an increase in risk of injury, reports The Expert Institute. Dangers include infection, organ damage and severe pain. Common culprits are metal-on-metal hip replacements, transvaginal mesh and cardiac stents.

Pharmaceutical drugs

The purpose of medication is to help alleviate health issues, not create new ones. Yet, there are numerous drugs on the market that have not undergone sufficient testing or have manifested serious side effects after years of use, resulting in irreversible harm. In some cases, providers are not prescribing drugs for their intended purposes, such as Zofran.

Motor vehicles

Most auto accidents are the fault of the person operating the vehicle. However, sometimes accidents are not the fault of anyone on the road. Instead, an essential part, such as the brakes, may fail and lead to an accident. Protective devices, such as airbags, seat belts and children's car seats, may malfunction and not provide the safety they promise.

Liability claims

If any of these product types have hurt you, you may wonder if you can sue the responsible party. The answer is maybe. Sustaining an injury is not sufficient cause for a lawsuit. You have to prove the following in order to have a valid product liability claim:

  1. The product was defective.
  2. It caused you injury.
  3. The injury was not your fault.

Determining these things is not always straightforward, so you may need to consult a health care provider and attorney for confirmation.

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