Who is Held Liable in a Product Liability Claim?

Though the case against Owens Corning was settled almost 20 years ago, the implications of the product liability claim loss still effect the building and consumer product manufacturer. Agreeing to pay damages that totaled $1.2 billion, the company that produced asbestos was finally held liable for the notoriously dangerous building material that was thought to cause the deaths of thousands. The case was groundbreaking as the number of plaintiffs numbered 176,000, making it one of the largest product liability cases in United States history. Many of those effected by asbestos, which causes mesothelioma cancer, still fight health issues today.

It isn’t often that one company is held entirely responsible for a defective or unsafe consumer product however. When an individual is shown to have been injured by a product, any entity that is engaged along the chain of commerce can be held liable. This chain of product distribution includes:

  • The manufacturer of the product
  • Any parent company of the manufacturer
  • Any product designers or engineers if the defect lies in the faulty design
  • The wholesaler or distributor of the product
  • The retailer of the product

The laws regarding consumer products are based on the belief that companies have a duty to ensure that the products that they offer to the public are safe to use. The designer and manufacturer have the responsibility of properly testing  an item before it is sold and released. If an injury is caused because of a company’s failure to do so, the law stipulates that all parties involved in its distribution can be held liable.

If you believe that a defective product has caused you to be injured or to become ill, it is important that you speak with a lawyer who specializes in product liability claims. With three offices covering Southern California, we can help you fight to win compensation where you deserve it. Contact us now.

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