Millions of people are injured each year by defective consumer products. Because of the inherent risk certain products can pose, many of them are subject to regulation by various government agencies. These agencies include:
Generally, recalls are voluntarily made by manufacturers or distributors when they become aware of a problem with a particular product. Various regulations require them to notify the agency with jurisdiction over their product, who then takes steps to publicize the recall and set up various channels for consumers to obtain information about the recall. In some cases, an agency may also take legal action to force a recall of a particular product.
Whenever a recall is implemented, it is a safe bet that litigation will follow. While a recall cannot prevent litigation over injuries caused by a defective product, it can limit a company’s liability by removing as much of the product from the stream of commerce as possible before additional injuries occur. The existence of a recall can be viewed as a tacit admission that there was a problem with the product at issue that the manufacturer or distributor should have known about prior to taking the product to market.
Defective consumer products can cause a variety of injuries, including the following:
If you have been injured by a consumer product that has been subject to a recall, it is very possible that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should discuss your case with one of the experienced product liability lawyers at the Dolman Law Group, as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (727) 451-6900. If you would prefer to send us an email, please complete our online contact form available here.