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Understanding defective warning labels

by | Apr 19, 2021 | Defective Products & Machinery |

Product liability claims allow individuals harmed by a defective product to pursue financial compensation for injuries suffered as a result of that product.

However, these claims are not limited to products with a flawed design or faulty manufacturing. Parties might also pursue legal action if a dangerous product lacked proper warnings.

Signs of a defective label

A defective label can include one that is misleading, absent or insufficient, which can be confusing. Individuals do not necessarily know if a warning label is necessary or what it should say.

Thus, consumers can have a difficult time knowing whether a warning contains defects. However, there are some signs you can look for, including:

  • A lack of warning labels on products with electrical or heating components
  • Labels that do not instruct parties on proper usage of a machine
  • Labels with vague information
  • Warnings that only appear in an inconspicuous place
  • Outdated labels or warnings

Manufacturers are responsible for instructing consumers on how to use products safely to avoid foreseeable accidents. However, companies do not always fulfill this duty, which can lead to a legal claim by parties injured by a dangerous product.

Protecting yourself from a defective product

Defective product claims are often more complicated than people expect, particularly when it is not the product itself that is problematic. And manufacturers will often defend themselves by claiming:

  • The incident was the result of a user error
  • The existing warning was reasonable
  • The incident or defect was not foreseeable
  • The risks of use were obvious 

Considering what individuals can be up against in defective product or labeling cases, from an aggressive defense to a complicated legal process, it can be crucial for victims of a defective product to consult an attorney. Not only could there be considerable financial damages at stake, but the safety of other consumers could be on the line as well.

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