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What are your options after being injured by a defective product?

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2022 | Defective Products & Consumer Protection

When Maryland residents are using a product that they purchase, they probably aren’t thinking that they are in danger.

Well, maybe they are thinking about potential risks if they are using a product like a chainsaw or lawn mower, for example, but for the most part people trust that any given products they use are safe.

However, the unfortunate reality is that some products – not just dangerous ones – are defective and can cause harm to the user. So, what are your options if you have been injured by a defective product?

Products liability

A legal claim with these types of facts comes under the umbrella of products liability law, which is a specific area of personal injury law.

In essence, a products liability claim asserts that somewhere in the chain of history with the product – the design or manufacturing stages, for example – a defect occurred, which led to the injury the consumer suffered from using the product.

Alternatively, there might have been a failure to warn of the potential harm a product could cause – that too could lead to a products liability claim.

Pursuing a legal claim

If you were injured by a defective product, a personal injury lawsuit may be an option. In such a case, the injured party usually seeks compensation for medical bills and lost wages, for example, if those damages were the direct result of the injury from the defective product.

Some Maryland residents who find themselves in this type of situation may feel like it is too daunting to go up against a big corporation. However, consumers have power and protections under the law.

Taking advantage of your rights under the law could lead to an award of compensation that could get your life back on the right track after suffering an injury from a defective product.