When a manufacturer creates a product or a machine, they have a legal responsibility to the public to ensure their equipment is safe.
Not only should a company provide easy to understand instructions regarding the use of the product or equipment, but they are also required to make certain that their products are not defective.
A defective product is a product that has faulty or damaged parts and does not operate correctly.
When someone uses a defective product and becomes injured, they need the services of an attorney who specializes in product liability cases.
If people became injured or sick from the defective product it might be beneficial to joint class action lawsuit.
There may not be specific federal laws that apply to your situation, but there may be local and state laws. Therefore, it is important to utilize the services of an experienced lawyer who is familiar with product liability law as it pertains to your state. Though the laws may vary from state to state, it is generally accepted that there are three underlying fundamental principles that make up a product liability claim or best define a defective product.
The first principle is that a defective product will have a flaw in the manufacturing. In these instances, someone could have been injured due to an error that took place in the manufacturing aspect of the product or machinery.
The second underlying principle is that the product may not be defective in its manufacturing, but it is of substandard quality due to poor design. Poor design would occur if proper safety methods were not utilized when the product or machinery was designed.
Finally, the third fundamental principle inherent to product liability claims is if the associated manual or literature failed to explain in simple terms the warnings or hazards associated with a product or machinery when in use.
The only way to determine if you have a viable case that meets the requirements for product liability is to have your situation evaluated by a licensed and qualified lawyer.