A product defect is any characteristic of a product which hinders its usability for the purpose for which it was designed and manufactured. Often times, when a defective product is placed on the market, it can be the cause of a serious and long lasting injury to the consumer.
When a defective product is placed on the market, there are a number of individuals who could potentially be liable. Some of these individuals include:
- The Manufacturer
- The Wholesaler
- The Retailer
- The Maker of Component Parts of the Product
- The Assembler
- The Store or Seller of the Product
- Possibly Other Parties in the Distribution Chain
One common misconception about products liability claims is that you have to be the purchaser of the product in order to file a claim. This is not true, you may have a potential product liability claim even if you did not purchase the product yourself, so long as you were harmed as a result of the defective product.