Improper labeling often gets treated like an honest mistake. The argument only holds water if the manufacturer catches the error in time and pulls the defective product from the shelf. Otherwise, there are grounds for legal repercussions. If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury as a result of improper labels on products, whether that be children's toys, equipment, prescription drugs or food, you may have a personal injury case on your hands.
When Implied Trust is Broken
Product labeling is something that consumers rely on to provide accurate information about a product. Whenthey take theproduct off the shelf, they’re presented with a contract of implied trust. Meaning; they trust the manufacturer of the products to present accurate information on:
- Interactions and reactions
- Proper use
Purchases are made based on this information. The consumer buys the product with a reasonable expectation of no harm.
Labels may provide a convenient place for buyers to look for important information, but what happens when information is incomplete or incorrect? The answer to that question is what leads to many products liability personal injury cases.
When labels don't adequately warn against the dangers of using or misusing a product, the lack of information can cause harm to unsuspecting consumers and their families.
What does that harm look like and how is it the basis for a products liability personal injury case? Failing to include complete information about the risks, uses, and treatment of possible injuries can be the catalyst for product-related injuries and illnesses, like:
- Electrocution or burns
- Cuts and contusions
- Choking hazards or asphyxiation
- Melting or distortion of product
- Other damage, injury, or death
These severe outcomes begin to bring the basis of a products liability personal injury claim into focus. It is considered a valid part of personal injury law. Although a products liability case can be pursued on an individual level; it is not uncommon for these cases to develop into joint or class-action lawsuits.
A class-action lawsuit not only adds credibility to an individual products liability case, it extends legal representation and a swift resolution to several victims and their families who have been affected or harmed due to improper labeling of a product.
An experienced personal injury attorney can review the merits of your case and help you pursue a lawsuit against the manufacturer or class-action lawsuit that will result in the best outcome possible.
Stockard, Johnston, Brown & Netardus, P.C. in Amarillo, Texas understand that the negligence of improper labeling can cost you and your loved ones more than money can repay. They also understand that the compensation you are entitled to can help lessen the financial impact of an injury or death. Let our Amarillo law firm and team of highly qualified personal injury lawyers give your case the representation and voice it deserves. Contact us today.