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When can a product liability lawsuit be filed?

All states have timelines on when a lawsuit can be filed against someone for injuries related to product liability. The timelines are based on when an injury is discovered or when it occurred. New Jersey is one of the states that bases the timeline for filing on when the injury occurred.

Risks of defective appliances

Every day, New Jersey residents, and those across the country, rely on a variety of small and large appliances to make life easier. Modern conveniences have dramatically increased our quality of life in recent years, but it is all too easy to forget that these electronic devices can turn dangerous or deadly when they are defective or they malfunction.

What are some product liability defenses and guidelines?

New Jersey law provides an opportunity for an individual or family who suffered injuries because of a defective or dangerous product to recover damages against the manufacturer or supplier. These claims can be based on, among other things, harmful drugs, unsafe vehicles and items made dangerous by design flaws or defects. People who are injured because of these issues may seek compensation to help them recover. Lawsuits and publicity can also successfully protect others or effect a change in the product.

Dangerous product leads to serious side effects and lawsuit

Consumers are responsible for reading labels and understanding all about what foods and beverages they are ingesting. But what if something dangerous is included in a product, and the negligent manufacturer doesn't put a warning about the risks on the label or packaging? In New Jersey, that would likely be a cause of action under the law. Manufacturers have a duty to the public to put appropriate warnings of any risk on products that might cause injury.

Understanding products liability in New Jersey

Consumers are entitled to safety in their homes, cars, workplaces and recreational areas unless warned otherwise. They should be able to trust the medicines they take, the food they eat and the products they use will not cause harm other than what is clearly suggested as possible. When something does go wrong and an injury results, it becomes a matter of products liability.

Apple recall illustrates product liability delay dangers

A recent news story is an unfortunate follow-up to our post about product recalls. It involves food – one of the most difficult situations to deal with thanks to the worldwide supply of present day. New Jersey supermarkets provide countless items grown and shipped from across the country and around the world. Tracking a dangerous product is time-consuming and likely an inexact process.

Dangerous products – Is the recall too little, too late?

There are agencies and procedures in place to safeguard the public through information and recalls. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, for example, recalls products every year that fit the criteria of posing an unreasonable risk. The Commission reports deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents total about $1 trillion annually.

Home and car accidents: Others may disregard your child’s risk

Most moms and dads are careful drivers, especially when their children are riding in the car, too. New Jersey, as in other states, has specific safety rules and guidelines that apply to drivers and passengers. They are especially stringent regarding children. Accident injury risk, however, apparently increases when children are away from their parents. It's likely not an intentional action or inaction that might cause the problem. Rather, a recent survey has found a less diligent approach to safety might be to blame.

What is product liability?

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.

Seeking accountability when recalled products cause injury

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.

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