Product liability occurs when a manufacturer or anyone in the supply chain for a product is found liable for damages that are caused by a product. According to Cornell University's law library, plaintiffs must prove that a defect exists as part of the basis for a product liability lawsuit.
Thousands of products are recalled each year by manufacturers who either voluntarily recall items that may be dangers or are made to recall defective products by regulatory agencies. It can be impossible for consumers to keep up with the number of recalls, creating situations where consumers unknowingly use dangerous products. In most cases, the manufacturer is responsible for ensuring the safety of a product, not the consumer.
Many people had never heard of compounding pharmacies until one here in the Northeast was in the news a couple of years ago, and not in a positive way. Last November, according to a Nov. 27, 2013, article on the NBC News website, President Obama signed a law that provides more federal oversight of these pharmacies that mix custom medications. This came after a 2012 meningitis outbreak was linked to contaminated injectable steroids from a Massachusetts compounding center. That outbreak killed 64 people and made at least 750 people sick throughout the country.
Manufacturers must provide safe products to consumers. Dangerous products need sufficient warnings and instructions. But what does one do if a defect in the product design, materials or manufacture causes an unsafe result? That is the question a New Jersey police department has dealt with for the past ten years. Finally, a resolution is at hand.
Consumers expect that products they purchase will be safe, reliable and do what they are supposed to do. Following directions and using them properly is a matter of personal responsibility. What happens, though, when you do everything right, but still suffer a loss of some kind from a dangerous product? New Jersey law provides legal remedies that can help.
Readers in the Mt. Laurel area will be saddened to hear of an elderly New Jersey woman who, according to a recent wrongful death claim, died from drinking the recommended dosage of an herbal health drink. The family of the 88-year-old said that for three months she consumed the supplement and suffered heart damage and kidney failure as a result.