The basics of manufacturing defect law

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2021 | Product Liability |

Manufacturing defects in West Virginia could lead to product liability lawsuits. Luckily, manufacturing defect laws are there to protect consumers from the effects of harmful products. If you’re new to this topic, here’s what you need to know.

What is a manufacturing defect?

A manufacturing defect is an error made by the manufacturer during production that leads to injury or damages. A product may be defective for many reasons. It could be that the product was designed poorly, a component of the product malfunctioned or wasn’t installed correctly, or poor-quality materials were used during production.

What does the law say?

If a product is defective and causes injury or damages to the consumer, the product manufacturer must compensate the injured party. This is why product liability lawsuits are so common; they’re a way for consumers to ensure that manufacturers take responsibility for their actions and help pay medical expenses or any other damages caused by their products.

Burden of proof

Remember that product liability cases can be difficult to prove. Manufacturers and product sellers might claim that the consumer misused or was negligent with their product, which led to injuries. The manufacturer could also try to claim that the product was not defective and worked as intended. In product liability cases, you need to be able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

• The product had a manufacturing defect.
• You were using the product correctly when the injury occurred.
• Your injuries weren’t a result of negligence.

Manufacturing defects and product liability cases are complicated. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot win your case if you have enough proof.