Product liability class action lawsuits are brought by a group of consumers who are injured by a dangerous or defective product. These are personal injury cases that usually but not always involve a product defect. If you have been injured by a product, you may not be alone. If there are numerous people who have been similarly injured, you can file a class action lawsuit together. An experienced class action attorney can evaluate the merits of your case and help you determine if a class action proceeding is your best option.
Types of Product Defects
Depending on where you live and the circumstances of the case, a product liability claim can be based on negligence, strict liability or breach of warranty. Regardless of the basis, however, the plaintiffs must show that the product was defective in some way and that the product defect caused the injuries in question. There are three types of product defects including:
- Design defects — Defects that exist even before a product is made. Typically, these defects make a product either inherently dangerous or ineffective.
- Manufacturing defects — Defects that occur as a result of poor manufacturing, shoddy materials or inferior workmanship. While the design may be acceptable, how the design was implemented caused the product to be dangerous or defective.
- Marketing defects (also called failure to warn) — When a product has hidden dangers that should be conveyed to the consumer and are not. The dangers are present even when the product is used as directed or in a way that could be foreseen.
Product Liability Class Actions for Drugs
There are many different types of product liability class action claims, but the most common ones are for unsafe pharmaceuticals. You’ve probably seen numerous commercials that tell you when a drug has been shown to have dangerous side effects. These drugs are involved in class action lawsuits.
If you believe you have a product liability class action case, the attorneys at Ankin Law Office can help. Our attorneys are skilled at evaluating the potential of class action lawsuits and fighting for the rights of consumers. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.