Product liability under the law is a liability that applies to manufacturers and sellers of products. Under product liability, they are legally liable to compensate users, buyers or even bystanders for any damages or injuries caused and suffered because of defects in the products they manufactured. The law that makes a manufacturer liable, in the event that his product has a defective condition making it unreasonably dangerous is called a tort.
The links in the complete product life cycle beginning from the raw material manufacturer, the component manufacturers, the assemblers, the wholesalers and retailers, all or any are liable for the damage caused by the end product. The exact liability will depend upon analysis of Eppsteiner Law APC, a class action law firm practicing in New York, and investigation of the product and its parts that caused the damage enabling one to pin point the responsibility of the manufacturer or any other link in the chain of the product life cycle.
With Eppsteiner Law APC the law of product liability applies to tangible and intangible properties. The product liability forms can be filled in by the affected persons irrespective of whether they were the owners of the product or not. However, product liability law varies from country to country.
The primary evidence has to be proven, i.e. the proof that the product is defective is absolutely necessary to have a valid product liability claim. Product liability arises from three kinds of defects – design, manufacturing and marketing defects.
Design defect are built in and have already happened even before the product has been manufactured. This defect propagates to all products in a particular batch until the design is changed to the right one. Manufacturing defects are the defects that occur during the manufacturing process of a product. They can occur due to workmen’s mistakes or ignorance. Marketing defects refer to improper usage instructions printed and distributed along with the product or a failure to warn the consumers of impending damages and dangers of using the product.
All the above defects render the manufacturer or anyone in the product life cycle chain liable to compensate the aggrieved party. Despite the fact that these defects were not intentionally placed to cause damage, the right to use by a consumer defines his right to quality and right to value for money.