It is not uncommon for a California resident to find on the package or instructions of their new product purchase a list of warnings about how to use, or not to use, their new item. Warnings may advise consumers to only use products under certain conditions or to only operate them in the manner that the manufacturers intended. Sufficient warnings may generally keep individuals safe, while inadequate warnings may introduce individuals to product-based injuries.
When a product hurts a victim he or she may take legal action based on products liability law. This area of the law aims to hold manufacturers, designers, and others in the chain of commerce liable for the deficient and dangerous products that they put on the market. Products can be dangerous based on their designs, how they are constructed, as well how they are presented to consumers through warnings and labeling.
A product must generally provide a consumer with warnings about the dangers that may be hidden in its design or hazards that may present when the product is improperly used. To this end, warnings and instructions must be sufficient on consumer goods so that individuals can educate themselves on how best and most safely they can use their purchases. Not all products may be required to have the same types and levels of warnings. Whether a warning is sufficient may depend on the product’s intended use.
Victims of product-based injuries can take legal action to seek recovery of their damages, including but not limited to their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The support of a personal injury attorney can be important to those who are fighting to recover what they lost from dangerous product accidents.