Product Defect

Las Vegas Defective Product Attorney

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When a consumer buys a product, whether it is a car, a children's toy, clothing, a medical device, holiday lights, a baby stroller, furniture, or any other consumer product, they trust that the product they are purchasing is safe. Unfortunately, due to manufacturing and/or design defects or false advertising/improper marketing, many products pose safety hazards to consumers.

At Shook & Stone, our reputed Las Vegas personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping consumers hold negligent manufacturers liable for the injuries their products cause. Whether the product was made using substandard materials or its overall design was flawed, the manufacturer has a responsibility to pay for their negligence.

Examples of Product Manufacturer Negligence

The two main categories of manufacturer negligence are design defects/flaws and manufacturing defects, but these can include a wide range of specific defects/forms of negligence. Additionally, misrepresentation of products can also endanger consumers. Examples of such forms of negligence include, but are not limited to:

  • Using cheaper and poorer quality materials;
  • Cutting corners/skipping steps;
  • Hiring inexperienced workers/worker error;
  • Forgetting essential parts/pieces;
  • Failing to conduct comprehensive/sufficient safety tests;
  • Failing to adhere to federal/state safety standards;
  • Altering specifications, for example, changing the recommended tire pressure for certain tires/ vehicles; and/or
  • Marketing the product as doing something that it actually doesn't.

Common Defective Products

If a product is defective, it means it has the potential to cause injury to consumers while being used in the way it was intended. This is an important distinction. If a consumer does not follow a product's instructions or prescription, thus using it incorrectly, and that use causes injury, it is the fault of the consumer. If the product was used exactly as intended but causes injury, then it is the fault of the manufacturer. Common types of product defects include, but are not limited to:

  • Auto and/or auto product defects, such as faulty brakes, steering, airbags, seatbelts, seat backs, child safety seats and engines.
  • Children's product defects, such as breakable toys, defective drop-side cribs, high lead content toys, and/or poorly constructed strollers.
  • Unsafe medical devices, such as medical implants that can cause undue pain, fail, or result in unnecessary, repeat surgery. One such example includes DePuy Hip Implants.
  • Defective medications that are contaminated, that are mislabeled, or that have been insufficiently safety tested and pose dangerous side effects are common results of pharmaceutical company negligence/profiteering.
  • Defective household appliances, such as microwaves, toasters, stoves, ovens, washing machines, shower nozzles, and even vacuum cleaners can pose dangerous hazards for consumers, including burn injury hazards.
  • Tire defects, such as incorrect tire pressure specifications, lack of identification numbers, poor quality rubber and/or adhesives, or improper assembly can lead to an increased risk of tire failure and an injury accident.

Pursuing Rightful Compensation for Defective Product Injuries

The skilled Las Vegas product liability lawyers at Shook & Stone have years of experience in handling complex product liability claims. We have the knowledge and resources to determine fault for a defective product-caused injury and thus pursue compensation from the liable product manufacturer and/or distributor. If you or a loved one has suffered injury as the result of a defective product in Nevada, call us today for a free initial consultation.

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