• Can A Defective Product Also Be Dangerous?
  • August 2, 2012 | Author: Jeffrey H. Rasansky
  • Law Firm: Rasansky Law Firm - Dallas Office
  • Can a Dangerous Product Be Defective

    Whenever liability law of any type is being discussed, there is always a valid question as to how much risk people have the ability to take on willingly. Where dangerous products are concerned, this can sometimes be a bit of a sticking point. There are safety standards that products have to be designed to meet, however, and this may be the starting point for you in determining whether or not you should file a lawsuit.

    Very Dangerous Products

    Because it serves as such a vivid example, consider a handgun as an example of a product that is inherently dangerous. A handgun, in fact, is manufactured specifically to be deadly. There are still safety standards to which the manufacturers have to adhere. While it is unreasonable for anybody to expect that they will be safe from harm if they are standing in front of the gun while it is being discharged, somebody standing behind the gun has every right to expect that they will be safe, including the shooter. There is some level of risk inherent in products such as these, but quality manufacture does matter and, when it's not there, you may be able to file a lawsuit.

    Not Deadly, But Dangerous

    Not all products are as deadly as handguns, however, but the results of using them may be just as deadly. Consider a pair of skis, for instance. Using them as recommended may well end up in life-changing injuries or death. What's understood when people buy these products, however, is that they are taking on the risks inherent in going skiing. The manufacturer is only responsible in so far as manufacturing a product that is reasonably safe to be used as advertised is concerned. If the skis were actually defective and caused an injury, filing a lawsuit might be an option. If the skis worked splendidly but poor skiing skills ended up causing someone to be injured, that person really wouldn't be able to file a lawsuit over it.

    If you're not sure whether or not filing a lawsuit is a viable option for you, consider contacting a defective products attorney. They will generally be willing to sit down with you and to discuss your situation. They may be able to find out during the course of this meeting if product liability law offers you a way to seek compensation and, if they do, they may wish to represent you in court.