If you have been injured by a defective product, it is important to determine who is liable for your injuries and therefore who should be named as a defendant in any legal claim should you decide to file. In the chain of distribution, or the process by which a product makes its way from the manufacturer to the consumer, there may be many possible liable parties for a faulty product, including:
- Quality-control engineers
- Other liable parties
In general, liability for a defective product is most likely to rest with the manufacturer and in some cases with the retailer. The manufacturer, or the company responsible for producing and manufacturing the product, is most likely to be found negligent if a manufacturing or design flaw causes serious injury to a customer, user or other party. Retailers may also be held liable if they incorrectly store a product, alter it in some way or are otherwise negligent in their duties to the customer.
However, defective product liability differs widely, depending on the product involved and the specific situation. Manufacturing can be very complex, with multiple suppliers involved as well as a number of manufacturing facilities around the world. In many cases, corporations rely on people across the globe to produce goods, and dangerous mistakes or negligence can occur during any step of the process. It can take considerable investigation to determine where negligence took place.
To determine who is liable in your case, consult a products attorney at Katherman Briggs & Greenberg. The attorneys at our law firm can investigate what caused your injury and can file a claim on your behalf if that is what you decide to do. Katherman Briggs & Greenberg has been standing by clients in central Pennsylvania for more than three decades, so many people in your community may have already worked with us and can stand by our reputation.