Defective products can be deceiving. Often, people are injured or killed by defective products without anyone knowing the true cause of their injury. State and federal laws, as well as industry standards, require products to be safely designed. However, some companies ignore or fail to follow these standards.
Some recent examples of defective products causing deaths and injuries are:
- Automobiles, automotive equipment, and tires
- Children's toys
- Infant seats and beds
- Medicines, dietary supplements, and medical devices
- Home appliances
- Over-the-counter healthcare and beauty products
Even though there are deaths and injuries related to the product's unsafe nature, this does not necessarily mean a recall will occur. Many manufacturers knowingly continue to make and sell dangerous items, even though a predictable number of deaths and injuries will occur every year as a result of the defective product. A large portion of the known defective devices and products are not under any sort of recall and continue to be manufactured and sold. Examples include the ongoing sales of artificial hip joints that are making large numbers of recipients sick, as well as the continued sales of wheelchairs and hospital beds that regularly catch fire.
Service providers can cause death and injuries as well. Pedicures and manicures have caused serious infections in many customers as a result of bacterial contamination or inadequate sanitation, leading to illnesses and even deaths. The phone companies that provide local 911 services have cost lives by giving out the wrong addresses in emergencies, causing ambulances and fire trucks to arrive at accident scenes too late to be of help. Medical errors cause 98,000 deaths annually and are the sixth largest cause of death in the U.S., according to the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences.
If you have been injured by a defective product or a dangerous service and you need a defective product attorney, Jeff Bowersox can help you obtain compensation for your injury. Call us today for a free consultation.