Poorly made products can cause serious injury to customers. Defective car parts can include ignitions, airbags, seatbelts, or even engine parts. Medical devices, such as implants or improperly labeled medication, can have defects which make them dangerous to use. Even household appliances can cause harm if manufactured or designed in a way not suitable for use.
Under Wisconsin law, businesses that manufacture products can be held responsible for injuries caused by said product in two circumstances:
- Manufacturers are required to design and build products that are not “unreasonably dangerous.” If a product is shown to be designed or built in a way that makes it “unreasonably dangerous,” it is considered to be defective. Anyone hurt when that product fails, may be entitled to recover compensation.
- Manufacturers are required to provide adequate instructions on the proper use of the product, as well as clear warnings about the dangers associated with using or owning the product. Anyone injured because the manufacturer didn’t provide proper instructions or proper warnings may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries.
Under Wisconsin law, when you’ve been injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to:
- Past and future medical bills incurred during treatment of your injuries
- Out of pocket expenses related to the injury including prescriptions, co-pays, deductibles, over-the-counter medications, braces, hot or cold packs, etc.
- Lost wages (both past lost wages and wages lost in the future from disabilities or the need to seek medical care)
- Your past and future pain and suffering, disability, and/or disfigurement
Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs & Defective Product Cases
Defective product or product failure cases are rarely straightforward, and are often heavily contested by lawyers from the manufacturer of the product. If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective product or a product failure, call the law offices of Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs.