Thursday, November 5, 2015
Recourse When Buying a Defective Product
When you purchase a product, you have the right to expect it to work as advertised. If a product is defective, it may cause severe injury or even death when you use it. It could also cause severe injury or death to children or pets who may accidentally turn it on or get a body part caught in a motorized component.
What recourse would you have if you bought a defective product? That depends on a variety of factors unique to each case. First, you may be entitled to a replacement product or your money back if the product is defective within the warranty period. If you have been hurt, it may be worthwhile to talk to an attorney about your options.
In a personal injury case related to a defective object, you may be able to hold the manufacturer financially liable for your medical bills and lost wages. It is also possible that the store that sold you the product could be liable if they knew or had reason to know that it was dangerous or could be dangerous.
For instance, a car dealership may be held liable for selling a defective car even if that dealer didn't actually make the vehicle in question. Your attorney may be able to help you settle the case outside of court or settle it within a larger class action suit to obtain a refund or portion of any settlement reached by the parties.