Many products feature components that may be manufactured by several different manufacturers in several different locations. A particular part may be manufactured in bulk, shipped across the world to a different manufacturer to be used in the production line. The end result is that a finished product may have passed through many hands before its completion. This raises a legal conundrum in the case of faulty product claims. If a particular component is faulty and causes an injury to the user, then who is liable?
The definition of a faulty product claim
A claim for a faulty product can fall under three sub-categories. These include a design fault, where the product was inherently flawed or faulty at the design phase, a poorly manufactured product where the end-product falls below manufacturing standards and lastly if the producer failed to provide adequate information about the risks and dangers associated with a product.
Who is liable then?
In the case where a producer cannot readily be identified, then the supplier of the product is found to be liable for any claims for compensation. If a supplier can identify the producer within a reasonable period of time, then the liability rests with the particular producer.
Will this have an effect on me if I decide to pursue a claim for compensation?
If you’ve suffered an injury as the result of a faulty product, you shouldn’t be put off by the legal technicalities of who is ultimately to blame. At Accident Advice Helpline, our team of expert solicitors work on your behalf to make the claim process as transparent and efficient as possible. In fact, many of our claims are settled outside court, meaning that the majority of our clients will never have to set foot in a courtroom. If you’ve been injured within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. We’ve been specialising in all areas of personal injury compensation including accidents at work for many years now and we can help you in your pursuit for justice if you’ve been injured as the result of a defective product or even a slip, trip or fall.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice