What Are the Dangers of Defective Products?
Defective products lawsuits focus on holding those responsible for bringing products to market responsible and accountable to consumers. The basic idea behind this type of lawsuit is that manufacturers, designers, and others in the supply chain need to be mindful of the safety of the consumers that will be purchasing and using their product. This mindfulness goes to anticipating how a product will be used and whether it can cause harm. When this duty of care is not upheld, and it is determined that a company acted in bad faith or negligently, then they can be held liable for the damage that they have caused. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we are passionate about seeking justice on behalf of the victims of negligence.
If you want an idea of what kind of dangers defective products can cause, consider some of the examples that follow. They represent some of the more notable and interesting examples of defective products/product liability cases in the history of the American justice system.
- Big Tobacco: The cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris was sued by a woman who had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Her lawsuit accused them of failing to warn of the risks of smoking and accused them of causing both her illness and her addiction to tobacco. She won, and the company was handed a judgement of $850,000 in compensation for expenses and $28 billion in punitive damages. The amount was later reduced to $28 million.
- Silicone Breast Implants: Breast implants are one of the most popular, most requested cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States, but in 1998 it was proven that Down Corning’s silicone implants were rupturing and causing serious injuries and illness, and in some cases even death. The company settled their defective product lawsuit out of court for $2 billion.
- Blitz Gas Cans: Not many people have heard of Blitz, but the portable gas cans manufactured by this Oklahoma company were found to explode when used to pour gas to start a fire. The company paid an average of $4 million in more than 30 defective products injury cases against it, and was forced out of business.
- McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case: This infamous case involved a 79-year old woman who had ordered coffee at McDonald’s. She was severely burned when the hot beverage spilled on her lap, and required skin grafts and two years of medical treatments to follow. The case charged McDonald’s with serving coffee heated to 180 to 190 degrees, which was significantly higher than that of other companies and which made the risk of injury far greater. The jury agreed and awarded the victim $160,000 in compensable expenses and $2.7 million in punitive damages.
Companies that sell products to consumers have a responsibility to make sure that their products are safe and will not cause harm. When they fail to do so and injury occurs, the person who has been injured can file a defective product lawsuit seeking damages. If you have been hurt by a product that was not safe, contact the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. We are here to protect your rights and make sure you get the justice you deserve