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Types of Product Defects

Making sure your company’s products are safe for their intended use is not just good business sense; it is actually a legal requirement. When consumers are harmed by badly made products, they can pursue legal claims against the companies responsible. Most of these claims will fall into one of three categories, depending on the type of flaw the product has: a design defect, a manufacturing defect, or a marketing defect.

If you or a member of your family has been hurt by a defective product, you may be able to win compensation for your medical bills, time off work, and other losses. Jacksonville personal injury lawyer Don Guthrie will work hard for you at every step of the process. To get started, call our offices today at 904-296-1088.

The Three Types of Product Defects

If you have decided to pursue a product liability claim, the first step is to determine exactly what kind of defect the product in question has. It may be one (or potentially more) of the following:

  • Design defect – This term applies when a product has been constructed according to plan, but is still unreasonably dangerous. In other words, the defect lies in the way it has been designed, not the way it was put together. If every individual product of a certain make or model has the same flaw, it is probably a design defect.
  • Manufacturing defect – This term applies when the original design of a product is safe, but some error has occurred during production or shipping. If a product is flimsily put together, is made with low quality materials, or was broken before being sold, it may have a manufacturing defect.
  • Marketing defect – This term applies when the product itself is reasonably safe, but it has not been accurately advertised or promoted. If a product lacks necessary safety warnings or does not come with adequate instructions, it could have a marketing defect.

An experienced Jacksonville product liability attorney can help you determine whether you have grounds for a claim, and if so, how you should proceed.

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The knowledgeable and committed Jacksonville personal injury lawyers of the Law Offices of Donald Guthrie are ready to help you. To learn more about your rights as an injury victim, contact our offices today at 904-296-1088.

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