That’s Not How It Works! Manufacturing Defects Claims in Arizona
From design to manufacturing and marketing, there are plenty of steps between having an idea for a product and getting it out into the world. It is reasonable to assume that somewhere along the line a mistake could be made. But if that mistake causes physical harm—or an accidental death—you may have grounds for a product liability case.
Manufacturing Defects Can Be Deadly
While a product might have been designed and safety checked, a mistake during manufacturing (building the product) can render the product dangerous or even deadly. When defects are found in a product, it should be listed for recalls. However, defects are not always discovered until after there has been an accident.
A manufacturing defect can happen in several ways:
- A step was skipped in the manufacturing process.
- The product was assembled or installed incorrectly.
- Damage to the product occurred during manufacture, causing it to lose structural integrity or work in an unreliable way.
- Contaminates were added or spilled onto the equipment or product, rendering it harmful.
- Outdated parts were used.
Examples of Manufacturing Defects
- The wrong screws were used to put together a child’s toy, causing it to come apart and expose button cell batteries, which a child ingests.
- A hammock that was meant to hold an adult’s weight is made with the wrong specifications, causing it to give way and injure the person sitting in it.
- Electric components were installed incorrectly on a heating pad, causing it to become too hot, resulting in severe burns or a fire.
Manufacturing Defect Cases Need Evidence
If you want to pursue a manufacturing defect claim, you will need to be able to prove that the specific defect caused an injury or death. It is important to note that if you were using the product recklessly, inappropriately, or out of the scope of its ability, you will not have grounds for a lawsuit.
Gathering evidence is the most important step in starting a manufacturing defect claim for personal injury damages. If you or a family member has been injured, start documenting the incident as soon as you are able. The more evidence you have, the stronger your case will be.
- Keep the defective product and document its faults with pictures and/or videos.
- Collect and keep any packaging, manuals, or warnings related to the product.
- Gather witness statements from anyone who was around when the accident occurred.
- Collect and keep all medical records related to the injury or death.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Arizona
Gathering evidence can seem like a daunting task, and winning a lawsuit against a large manufacturing corporation can be even more difficult. That is why you need an experienced attorney who knows all the ins and outs of Arizona personal injury law to represent your case.
Winning a defective product liability suit can help you become whole again after a faulty product ruins your life. At Van Norman Law we have the experience and knowledge to help you get the most out of your claim. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.