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Green Bay dangerous products lawyersConsumers have the right to expect reasonably safe products from manufacturers. What happens when manufacturers not only fail to meet that expectation but also cause intentional harm by continuing to sell unsafe products? Learn more, including how an experienced product liability lawyer can help with your defective consumer product case.

Gross Negligence in the Manufacturing Industry

When it comes to gross negligence in the manufacturing industry, and the continued sale of defective products, one does not have to look hard for an example. Takata allegedly knew of the defective airbags and even tried to cover it up, long before any deaths from the dangerous airbags had occurred. EpiPen manufacturers had reportedly received hundreds of complaints on their faulty medical devices but failed to investigate them. Remington, the manufacturer of one of the most popular gun manufacturers in America, has received much criticism over the last several years because of an allegedly defective trigger on one of their rifles.

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Appleton defective product lawyersThe Consumer Protection Safety Act (CPSA) is meant to protect consumers from the risk of death or injury from dangerous and defective products. Enacted by Congress in 1972, it outlines guidelines for the safe production, sale, packaging, and labeling of consumer products. It also regulates manufacturers and requires that they follow a specific protocol if or when a defective product is discovered. Unfortunately, not all manufacturers adhere to the CPSA. For this reason, every American should understand their rights and protections under this Act, including what their rights are if or when an injury or fatality occurs.

Consumers Have the Right to Expect Reasonably Safe Products

Before the CPSA, defects were extremely common. Some products were so dangerous, they put millions of people at risk of death or serious injury. There were toasters that would catch fire, even if not in use, and burn down homes. There were toys that caused strangulation and contained lead paint, which compromised the health and safety of young children. Essentially, consumers never knew what they were buying, or if it would pose a risk to themselves or their family members. It was this problematic situation that led to the enactment of the CPSA.

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Appleton products liability attorney, dangerous baby productsAll manufacturing companies have the legal duty to design, produce, and sell products that are safe for consumer use. Even if the products are not safe under certain circumstances, the company must provide adequate warnings regarding the possible risks of the product. When a company fails to meet these legal duties, injured consumers can hold the company liable by filing a products liability claim in civil court.

Several types of products can be dangerous and cause injury, from motor vehicles to sports equipment to common household appliances. One of the most risky kinds of defective products, however, are those meant for babies and small children. Because of the relative vulnerability and helplessness of very small children, parents generally try to choose products as carefully as possible. Though you should be able to trust that your baby products will be safe, many products can malfunction and cause injury to your child or another member of your family. If this occurs, you should contact a Wisconsin products liability attorney as soon as possible.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission provides information regarding many types of potentially dangerous products, including the following:

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product liability, Wisconsin products liability lawyerWhen a person experiences sickness caused by a drug's unknown side effect, or is seriously hurt by a dangerous or defective product, he or she may be able to recover the costs of his or her injuries through a products liability lawsuit.

Products liability law protects consumers from products that were defectively designed or did not meet safety standards. While Wisconsin's products liability law has recently undergone some changes, the law still works as a way to protect injured consumers.

Wisconsin's product liability law is governed by Wis. Stat. § 895.047, and in order to pursue a products liability case, a violation in the design or manufacturing of the product must be proven.

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