When a manufacturer creates a product or a machine, they have a legal responsibility to ensure their equipment is safe.
A manufacturer should provide easy to understand use instructions and be certain that their products do not have faulty or damaged parts.
Basically, the product should operate correctly and safely.
Should you suffer an injury through using a defective product you should contact an attorney who specializes in product liability claims.
A defective product or product liability attorney will assess your case and inform you on the best course of action. If a large number of people have become injured or sick from a defective product they may decide that it will be more beneficial to file a 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 hire an attorney 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 may become 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 a product or machine failed to initiate proper warnings. These may be in the form of included literature, or explaining in simple terms the warnings or hazards associated with the product or machinery when in common 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 an attorney.